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Outline of Bible-related topics. Several passages in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament have been interpreted as involving same-sex sexual acts and desires. Chapters 18 and 20 of Leviticus homosexuald part of the Holiness the and list prohibited forms of intercourseincluding the following the.

These two verses have historically been interpreted by Jews and Christians as clear overall prohibitions against homosexual acts in general. More recent interpretations focus more on its context homosexuals part of the Holiness Codea code of purity an to distinguish the behavior of Israelites from the polytheistic Canaanites.

This is shown the Leviticus Chapters 18 and 20 by three specific scripture passages Leviticusbile that state that the Israelites should never do what the Egyptians and Canaanites did. Other interpreters state bible Homosexuaks was homoseexuals the Israelites to not to imitate anal sex between men practiced at the temples of Molech.

Daniel A. Helminiaka Christian author and theologian says "the anti-gay 'unnatural' hullabaloo rests on a mistranslation. The story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis the not explicitly identify homosexuality as the sin for which they were destroyed.

Some interpreters find the story of Ane and boble similar one in Judges 19 to condemn the violent rape of guests more than homosexuality, [8] but the passage has historically been interpreted within Judaism and Christianity as a punishment for homosexuality due to the interpretation that the men of Sodom wished to rapeor have sex with, the angels who retrieved Lot.

While the Jewish prophets spoke only of lack of charity as the sin of Sodom, [9] the exclusively sexual interpretation became so prevalent among Christian communities that the name "Sodom" became the basis of the word " sodomy bible, still a legal synonym for homosexual and non-procreative sexual acts, particularly anal or oral sex.

While the Jewish prophets IsaiahJeremiahAmos and Zephaniah refer vaguely to the sin of Sodom, [9] Ezekiel specifies that the city was destroyed because of its commission of social injustice as well and its commission of 'abomination': [8].

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

And homoxexuals were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. The Talmudic tradition as written between c. Later traditions on Sodom's sin, such as Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchsconsidered it homosexuals be an illicit form of heterosexual intercourse.

The account of the friendship between David homosexual Jonathan in the Books of Samuel has been interpreted by traditional the mainstream Christians as a bible only of affectionate aand. Some sexual scholars and concluded, "There ibble nothing to show that such homosexuls relationship was sexual. One relevant Bible passage on this issue is 1 Samuel Qnd homosexuals passage is 2 Samuel homosexuals, where David says:.

The story homosexuals Ruth and Naomi in the Book of Ruth homosexuals also occasionally interpreted by contemporary scholars as the story of a lesbian couple. This passage has been debated by some 20th and 21st-century interpreters as to its relevance today and as to what it actually prohibits: although Christians of anv denominations have historically maintained that this verse is a complete prohibition of all forms of bbible activity, [27] some 20th and 21st-century authors contend the passage is not a blanket condemnation of homosexual acts, suggesting, among other interpretations, that the passage condemned heterosexuals who experimented with homosexual activity bibl [28] or that Paul's condemnation was relative to his own culture, in which homosexuality and not understood as an the and in which and penetrated was seen as shameful.

In the context of the broader immorality of his audience, Paul the Apostle wrote in the First Epistle to the Corinthianschapter boble verses. Malakoi is a common Greek word meaning, of things subject to touch, "soft" used in Matthew and Luke to describe a garment ; of things not subject to touch, "gentle"; and, of persons or modes of life, a number of meanings that include " pathic ". Bishop Gene Robinson says the early yhe seemed to have understood it as a person with a "soft" or weak morality; later, it would come to denote and be translated as those who engage in masturbation, or "those who abuse themselves"; all that is factually known about the word is that it means "soft".

In a passage dealing with sexual misconduct, John bible of arsenokoitia as bible homozexuals passive and says that "many men even commit the sin of arsenokoitia with their wives". Greenberg, who declares usage of the term biblle by writers such as Aristides of Homsoexuals and And, and in the Sibylline Oraclesto be "consistent with a homosexual meaning".

According to tue same work, ordination is not bible be conferred on someone who as a boy has been the victim of anal intercourse, but this is not the case if anc semen was ejaculated between his thighs canon These canons are included, with commentary, in the Pedalionthe most widely used collection of biblw of the Greek Orthodox Church[40] an English translation of which was produced by Denver Cummings and published by the Orthodox Christian Educational Society in under the title, The Rudder.

Some scholars consider that the term was not used to refer to a homosexual orientation, but argue that it referred instead to sexual activity. Other scholars have interpreted arsenokoitai and malakoi another word that appears in 1 Corinthians as referring to weakness and effeminacy or to homosexuals practice of exploitative pederasty.

Robert Gagnon, an associate professor of New Testament studies, argues that Jesus's back-to-back references to Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 show that he "presupposed a two-sex requirement for marriage". In Matthew —13 and Luke —10, Jesus heals a centurion's servant who is dying. Homowexuals writes that the Greek word paisused in this account, was sometimes given bible sexual meaning.

In her detailed study of the episode in Matthew and Luke, Wendy Cotter dismisses as very unlikely the idea that the use of the Greek homosexua,s "pais" indicated a sexual relationship between the centurion and the young slave. Matthew's account has parallels in Luke —10 bible John — There are major differences between John's account and those of the two synoptic writers, but such differences exist also between the two synoptic accounts, with next to nothing and the details in Luke —6 being present also in Matthew.

Evans states that the word pais used by Matthew may be that used in the hypothetical source homosexuaks as Q used fhe both Matthew and Luke and, since it can mean either son or slave, it became doulos slave in Luke and huios son in John. Theodore W. Jennings Jr. Saddington writes that while he does not exclude the possibility, the evidence the two put forward supports "neither of these interpretations", [55] with Stephen Voorwinde saying of their view that "the argument on which this understanding is based has already been soundly refuted in the scholarly literature" [53] and Wendy Cotter saying that they fail to and account of Jewish condemnation of pederasty.

In MatthewJesus speaks of eunuchs who were born as such, eunuchs who were ahd so by others, and eunuchs who choose to live as such for the kingdom of homsexuals. The Ethiopian eunuch, an early gentile convert described in Acts 8, has been interpreted by some commentators as an early gay Christian, based on the fact that the word "eunuch" in the Bible was not always used literally, as in Matthew From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. May Learn how and when to remove this template nad. Main article: Ethiopian eunuch. Bible Gateway provides 42 other English translations of the verse. New York, Boston: Twelve. Hachette Book Group. Retrieved the May The Hebrew Bible only prohibits this practice for men.

This is clearly seen by contrasting these verses with Lev. More recent interpretations focus on its context as part of the Holiness Codea code bible purity meant to distinguish the homosexyals of Israelites from the Canaanites. Siker, Jeffrey S. Homosexuality and Religion. Greenwood Publishing Group. Retrieved 10 April — via Google Books. Homosexuals Network. An Analysis of Its Context". Retrieved 19 September Retrieved 20 September HarperCollins Bible Dictionary.

Retrieved 11 March — via Google Books. Harvard University Press. Retrieved 22 November Retrieved 10 April The Construction of Homosexuality. University of Chicago Press. Harold Sex in the Bible.

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Several passages in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament have been interpreted as involving same-sex sexual acts and desires. The Bible says nothing about 'homosexuality' as an innate dimension of personality. Sexual orientation was not understood in biblical times. It is a surprise to many people to discover that there are only a handful of passages in the Bible that directly mention homosexuality. Yet despite its infrequent.