Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire

Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire

by Jennifer Wright Knust
ISBN-10:
0061725587
ISBN-13:
9780061725586
Pub. Date:
01/25/2011
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
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Overview

Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire

Think You Know What the Bible Really Says About Sex? Think Again.

Is premarital sex a sin? When, and in what contexts, is sexual desire appropriate? With whom can I legitimately have sex? Are same-sex relations permissible? With fresh scholarship and unflagging compassion, Jennifer Wright Knust addresses the questions that dominate today’s debates over sex and the Bible. At a time when the words “the Bible says” are too often wielded for social and political gain, it’s time to consider what scripture actually does—or does not—say about monogamy, homosexuality, gender roles, and sex.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061725586
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/25/2011
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Why the Bible Is Not a Sexual Guidebook 1

Chapter 1 The Bible and the Joy of Sex

Desire In and Out of Control 23

Chapter 2 Biblical Marriage

There Is No Single View on Marriage Presented in the Bible 47

Chapter 3 The Evil Impulse

Disordered and Ordered Desire 79

Chapter 4 Sexual Politics

God's Wife, Cursing the Canaanites, and Biblical Sex Crimes 113

Chapter 5 Strange Flesh

The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men 153

Chapter 6 Bodily Parts

Circumcision, Semen, and the Products of a Woman's Womb 187

Conclusion So I Hear You Have Five Husbands 237

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 253

Bibliography 303

Index 335

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