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Sex in the Bible: A New Consideration

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Ellens, J. Harold, Ed. (2006). Sex in the Bible: A New Consideration. Westport, CN: Praeger.

What is the Bible’s stance on such controversial issues as homosexuality and polygamy? What does it have to say about sexual behaviors that some would deem perverted or criminal? Is sex always wrong if it is not used to create life? Ellens answers these and other questions in a book that argues that our understanding of what the Bible has to say about sex is frequently misguided. He corrects our impressions with a look at the Scriptures themselves, considers what they might have meant to people in the past, and reflects on how we understand, or misunderstand, them today. Focusing on early interpretations and contemporary misconceptions, Ellens guides readers through what the Bible actually says, showing how these messages have been interpreted in different contexts, and suggesting new ways of reading and translating them for use in our own lives. Readers hoping to reach a better understanding of the Bible’s views on sexual practices and sexuality in general will find their questions answered here. Introduction by Wayne G. Rollins. (From the publisher)

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