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Jacob's wound : homoerotic narrative in the literature of ancient Israel / Theodore W. Jennings, Jr.

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Subject: Bible. Old Testament > Gay interpretations.
Homosexuality in the Bible.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781441163776
  • ISBN: 1441163778
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xv, 288 pages)
  • Publisher: New York : Continuum, ©2005.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-269) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The love of heroes -- Warrior love -- Love triangle -- YHWH as Erastēs -- Reflections -- YHWH's male groupies -- Dancing queens -- Boy lovers -- Holy hustlers -- Transgendering Israel -- Transgendered Israel-- Joseph as "sissy boy" -- Questions -- The question of the law -- The question of lesbian priority -- The question of Israel and Greece -- Epilogue : Jacob's wound.
Summary: 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 situation has not been lost on some interpreters who have recognized that the story of Sodom tells us no more about attitudes toward what we call homosexuality than the story of the rape of Dina tells us about attitudes toward hetero.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.

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