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Making sense of sex : attitudes towards sexuality in early Jewish and Christian literature

Author: William R G Loader
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is about listening to what writers were saying about sex in early Judaism and Christianity -- ancient words surprisingly relevant for today. It functions as both a summary and a conclusion to William Loader's five previous books on sexuality in a form accessible to those who may not have a background knowledge of early Judaism and Christianity. It also contains a useful subject index to those five  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William R G Loader
ISBN: 9780802870957 0802870953
OCLC Number: 842877386
Description: vii, 168 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. In the beginning --
In the beginning according to Genesis 1 --
In the beginning according to Genesis 2 --
In the beginning according to Aristophanes in Plato's Symposium --
Sexual union and social reality --
Change for the worse --
Retelling the creation story in the Book of Jubilees --
Becoming one flesh --
Becoming one flesh in Jesus and Paul --
The creation stories in Greek --
Interpreting the Greek text --
The myth of the watchers and the beginning of evil --
The watcher myth in later literature --
In the beginning? --
2. Households --
Households and livelihood --
Marriages and households --
Arranging marriages --
Limitations --
Marrying --
Before marriage --
Sex and the household --
Polygyny --
Inheritance --
Incest --
Love and marriage --
Conception and pregnancy --
Public affairs of the household --
Adultery and forbidden liaisons --
Adultery and divorce --
3. Sacred space --
Dealing with impurity --
Purity and the Temple --
Against intermarriage with foreigners --
For intermarriage with foreigners --
Holiness beyond the Temple and sexual abstinence --
Sex and the future --
Celibacy now and then --
4. Passions and persons --
Living in the Hellenistic world --
Finding common ground --
Managing sexual passion --
Prostitution --
Confronting the dangers --
Merging Greek and Jewish wisdom on the passions --
Out of control --
Eunuchs --
The flesh --
Celebrating sexuality --
Attacking perversion.
Responsibility: William Loader.

Abstract:

"This book is about listening to what writers were saying about sex in early Judaism and Christianity -- ancient words surprisingly relevant for today. It functions as both a summary and a conclusion to William Loader's five previous books on sexuality in a form accessible to those who may not have a background knowledge of early Judaism and Christianity. It also contains a useful subject index to those five previous volumes. In examining thoroughly all the relevant writings and related evidence of the Greco-Roman period, Loader dialogues with scholarship related to each writing in order to make his conclusions as objective as possible. By enabling the reader to listen respectfully to these ancient texts, Making Sense of Sex provides a basis for informed discussion of sexual issues today."--Publisher's description.
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