According to James Neill, the Greek term "pais" used for the servant in Matthew's account almost always had a sexual connotation. Greenberg, who declares usage of the term arsenokoites by writers such as Aristides of Athens and Eusebius, and in the Sibylline Oraclesto be "consistent with a homosexual meaning". In educational settings, several ancient authors comment on the male-male mentoring that often included pederasty sex with boys. We hold Paul as authoritative for his expansionary view of an inclusionary church, for his profound understanding of sin and redemption, for his exaltation of Jesus as Savior. Why this judge just ruled against a new mine on climate grounds I endangered my friend in a grand final. They simply ignore it. 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".
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Same-sex marriage: What does the Bible really have to say?
Connect Upload Contact Us. It is not describing what we would understand to be a sexual orientation. It does, however, give us an ethic to guide how we treat one another: Hence what happens next: University Books,n. I've regretted it ever since Australia is the food allergy capital of the world.
Attempts to read these texts as anything other than prohibitions of homosexual behaviour do not ultimately work. Archived from the original PDF on 5 November To claim one set as timeless truths while ignoring the others is patently hypocritical and goes against the grain of the text itself. Later traditions on Sodom's sin, such as Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchsconsidered it to be an illicit form of heterosexual intercourse. William Loader has written several books on the matter and this Anglican collection of essays is also excellent.