Category Archives: Moral values

What the Bible Really Says: The Song of Songs

The intent of the author of the poem, The Song of Songs was not to express an allegorical representation of the mutual love between God and Israel. As a matter of history, it is much more likely that the idea that this … Continue reading

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Is Lust a Sin?

The story of David and Bathsheba is one of the most enduring and insightful stories of the Bible. Perhaps one of the reasons is its moral complexity — a complexity unappreciated in part because most of us misunderstand what the … Continue reading

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Erotic Imagery in Song of Songs

Since many of us have come to view the Bible as advocating a sort of sexual prudishness you should not be surprised to learn that one of the more enlivening classes I teach ((as part of my “What the Bible … Continue reading

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Homosexual Intercourse

The verses Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 are often understood as a general prohibition against male–male eroticism. A close examination of the underlying Hebrew, however, reveals that the text is more likely understood as a more narrow prohibition. In this study, … Continue reading

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