Outline of Bible-related topics. 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 form part of the Holiness code and list prohibited Homsexuality documentary of intercourseincluding the following verses:. These two verses have historically been interpreted by Jews and Christians as clear overall prohibitions against homosexual acts in general.
More recent interpretations focus on its context as part of the Holiness Codea code of purity meant to distinguish the behavior of Israelites from the polytheistic Canaanites. The story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis does not explicitly identify homosexuality as the sin for which they were destroyed. Some interpreters find the story of Sodom and a similar one in Judges 19 to condemn the violent rape of guests more than homosexuality,  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 rape the angels who "Homsexuality documentary" Lot.
While the Jewish prophets spoke only of lack of charity as the sin of Sodom,  the exclusively sexual interpretation became so prevalent among Christian communities that the name "Sodom" became the basis of the word " sodomy ", still a legal synonym for homosexual and non-procreative sexual acts, particularly anal or oral sex.
While the Jewish prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos and Zephaniah refer vaguely to the sin of Sodom,  Ezekiel specifies that the city was destroyed because of its commission of social injustice: Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and Homsexuality documentary. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: The Talmudic tradition as written between c.
Later traditions on Sodom's sin, such as Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchsconsidered it to be an illicit form of heterosexual intercourse. The account of the friendship between David and Jonathan in the Books of Samuel has been interpreted by traditional and mainstream Christians as a relationship only of affectionate regardbut has been interpreted by some authors as of a sexual nature. One relevant Bible passage on this issue is 1 Samuel Another relevant passage is 2 Samuel 1: The story of Ruth and Naomi in the Book of Ruth is also occasionally interpreted Homsexuality documentary 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: Homsexuality documentary the context of the broader immorality of his audience, Paul the Apostle wrote in the First Epistle to the Corinthianschapter 6 verses. In the letter to the Corinthians, within the list of people who will not inherit the kingdom of God, Paul uses two Greek words: Malakoi is a common Greek word meaning, of things subject to touch, "soft" used in Matthew Bishop Gene Robinson says the early church 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 we actually, factually, know about the word is that it means soft.
Most scholars hold that Paul had two passages Homsexuality documentary the Book of Leviticus In a passage dealing with sexual misconduct, John speaks of arsenokoitia as active or passive and says that "many men even commit the sin of arsenokoitia with their wives".
Greenberg, who declares usage of the term arsenokoites by writers such as Aristides of Athens and Eusebius, and in the Sibylline OraclesHomsexuality documentary be "consistent with a homosexual meaning".
According to the same work, ordination is not to be conferred on someone who as a boy has been the victim of anal intercourse, but this is not the case if the semen was ejaculated between his thighs canon These canons are included, with commentary, in the Pedalionthe most widely used collection of of the Greek Orthodox Church [ full citation needed ] an English translation of which Homsexuality documentary produced by Denver Cummings and published by the Orthodox Christian Educational Society in under the title, Homsexuality documentary 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 appears in 1 Corinthians 6: Robert Gagnon, an associate professor of New Testament studies, argues that Jesus's back-to-back Homsexuality documentary to Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 show that he "presupposed a two-sex requirement for marriage". According to James Neill, the Greek term "pais" used for the servant in Matthew's account almost always had a sexual connotation.
Helminiak writes that the word pais was sometimes given a Homsexuality documentary 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 word "pais" indicated a sexual relationship between the centurion and the young slave. Matthew's account has parallels in Luke 7: There are major differences between John's account and those of the two synoptic writers, but such Homsexuality documentary exist also between the two "Homsexuality documentary" accounts, with next to nothing of the details in Luke 7: Evans states that the word pais used by Matthew may be that used in the hypothetical source known as Q used by both Matthew and Luke and, since it can mean either son or slave, it became doulos slave in Luke and huios son in John.
Saddington writes that while he does not exclude the possibility, the evidence the two put forward supports "neither of these interpretations",  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"  and Wendy Cotter saying that they fail to take account of Jewish condemnation of pederasty.
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. Part of a series on the Bible Canons and books. Tanakh Torah Nevi'im Ketuvim. Authorship Dating Hebrew canon. Pauline epistles Petrine epistles. Hermeneutics Pesher Midrash Pardes. It has been suggested that this article be split into articles titled Homosexuality in the Hebrew Bible and Homosexuality in the New Testament.
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What the Bible Really Says 1st ed. Retrieved May 5, The Hebrew Bible only prohibits this practice for men. This is clearly seen by contrasting these verses with Lev.