Homoeroticism In The Biblical World / Edition 1

Homoeroticism In The Biblical World / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0800636457
ISBN-13:
9780800636456
Pub. Date:
04/01/2004
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers

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Homoeroticism In The Biblical World / Edition 1

Nissinen's award-winning book surveys attitudes in the ancient world toward homoeroticism, that is, erotic same-sex relations. Focusing on the Bible and its cultural environment-Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Israel-Nissinen concisely and readably introduces the relevant sources and their historical contexts in a readable way.

Homoeroticism is examined as a part of gender identity, i.e., the interplay of sexual orientation, gender identification, gender roles, and sexual practice. In the patriarchal cultures of the biblical world, Nissinen shows, homoerotic practices were regarded as a role construction between the active and passive partners rather than as expressions of an orientation moderns call "homosexuality." Nissinen shows how this applies to the limited acceptance of homoerotic relationships in Greek and Roman culture, as well as to Israel's and the early church's condemnation of any same-sex erotic activity.

For readers interested in the ancient world or contemporary debates, Nissinen's fascinating study shows why the ancient texts - both biblical and nonbiblical - are not appropriate for use as sources of direct analogy or argument in today's discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800636456
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 968,109
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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