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Jacob's Wound: Homoerotic Narrative in the Literature of Ancient Israel

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The very suggestion that there may be homoeroticism in Hebrew narrative may seem odd given the supposition that the religion and culture of ancient Israel resolutely opposed same sex erotic relationships. The apparent prohibition of homosexuality in Leviticus and the story of Sodom from Genesis have been made to speak for the whole Hebrew Bible. The oddity of this situatio ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 2005 by Continuum
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“…evidence for significant same-sex eroticism in Israel actually precedes the evidence for Greece, in some cases, by several centuries. Hence, it appears that ancient Israel may have more of a claim to be a cultural home to same-sex eroticism than does ancient Greece.”
Jacob’s Wound- Part 4 (pg. # 198)

The Bible, whether you believe in it or not, is the book that has defined beliefs and morals in Western culture. While it has been a solace to many, it is also used as a hammer against many others.

Nov 14, 2015 Meredith rated it it was amazing
The Gayest Story Ever Told. The Bible as Slash. It's amazing how long people have looked at ancient Israel through a heterosexual filter. Once you actually read the stories as they are presented,without spinning your wheels to make them not homosexy, they actually start to make a lot more sense. The Elisha/Elijah chapter left me really confused, but that could be from a lack of intellectual rigor on my part. There is such a wide range of sexual practices ennumerated in The Bible, that it seems s ...more
Oct 23, 2013 Angie rated it it was amazing
Short version: An exploration of homoeroticism in ancient Israel.

Opinion: Some of it falls a bit short for me, some of it is mindblowing- I'm not sure I can describe which part made me swoon without a spoiler, but I highly recommend this book. It's one of those books I wish I'd read the second it came out instead of as a college assignment.
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