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Unprotected Texts : The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire - Jennifer Wright Knust

Unprotected Texts

The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire

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“An explosive, fascinating book that reveals how the Bible cannot be used as a rulebook when it comes to sex. A terrific read by a top scholar.” —Bart Ehrman, author of Misquoting Jesus

Boston University’s cutting-edge religion scholar Jennifer Wright Knust reveals the Bible’s contradictory messages about sex in this thoughtful, riveting, and timely reexploration of the letter of the gospels. In the tradition of Bart Erhman’s Jesus Interrupted and John Shelby Spong’s Sins of Scripture, Knust’s Unprotected Texts liberates us from the pervasive moralizing—the fickle dos and don’ts—so often dictated by religious demagogues. Knust’s powerful reading offers a return to the scripture, away from the mere slogans to which it is so often reduced.

“[Knust mines] the Bible for its earthiest and most inexplicable tales about sex…to show that the Bible’s teachings on sex are not as coherent as the religious right would have people believe.”

Introduction : why the Bible is not a sexual guidebook -- The Bible and the joy of sex : desire in and out of control -- Biblical marriage : there is no single view on marriage presented in the Bible -- The evil impulse : disordered and ordered desire -- Sexual politics : God's wife, cursing the Canaanites, and biblical sex crimes -- Strange flesh : the sons of God and the daughters of men -- Bodily parts : circumcision, semen, and the products of a woman's womb -- So I hear you have five husbands...

ISBN: 9780062010827
ISBN-10: 0062010824
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 25th January 2011