Lord Given Lovers

Author: Christopher Hubble
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595298699
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The Holy Union of David and Jonathan is a provocative biblical story of passion and political intrigue. LGBT readers will discover a story that will help them find self-acceptance and constructively challenge the prejudice of religious homophobes. David and Jonathan formed a magnificent and beautiful partnership that they apparently intended to last for a lifetime. Theirs was a loving and committed relationship. The failure of our culture to recognize the intrinsic divinity of homosexuality and the sanctity of our relationships is the central dilemma challenging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. Our society's civil morality is informed by the religious mores of our culture. A redefined cultural and societal understanding of same-sex love derived from and supported by the Bible-a widespread knowledge of the holy union of David and Jonathan-will have a profound impact on the long-term success of our justice movement.

The Love Of David And Jonathan

Author: James E. Harding
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134940262
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Were David and Jonathan 'gay' lovers? This very modern question lies behind the recent explosion of studies of the David and Jonathan narrative. Interpreters differ in their assessment of whether 1 and 2 Samuel offer a positive portrayal of a homosexual relationship. Beneath the conflict of interpretations lies an ambiguous biblical text which has drawn generations of readers - from the redactors of the Hebrew text and the early translators to modern biblical scholars - to the task of resolving its possible meanings. What has not yet been fully explored is the place of David and Jonathan in the evolution of modern, Western understandings of same-sex relationships, in particular how the story of their relationship was read alongside classical narratives, such as those of Achilles and Patroclus, or Orestes and Pylades. The Love of David and Jonathan explores this context in detail to argue that the story of David and Jonathan was part of the process by which the modern idea of homosexuality itself emerged.

Jacob S Wound

Author: Theodore W. Jennings Jr.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1441163778
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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 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 heterosexuality. Prof. Jennings says that the well-known eroticism of the Hebrew Bible is not confined to heterosexuality but also includes an astonishing diversity of material that lends itself to homoerotic interpretation. In Part one, Jennings examines saga materials associated with David. It is no innovation to detect in the David and Jonathan's relationship at least the outline of a remarkable love story between two men. What becomes clear, however, is that the tale is far more complex than this since it involves Saul and is set within a context of a warrior society that takes for granted that male heroes will be accompanied by younger or lower status males. Thus the complex erotic connections between David and Saul and David and Jonathan play out against the backdrop of a context of "heroes and pals." The second type of same sex relationship explored has to do with shamanistic forms of eroticism in which the sacral power of the holy man is both a product of same sex relationship and expressed through same sex practice. This section deals with Samuel and Saul and Elijah and Elisha. These are not warriors but persons whose sacral power is also erotic power that may find expression in erotic practices with persons of the same sex. The third type of same sex relationship discusses we now call transgendered persons, especially males, and their erotic relationship to (other) males. Here the book explores the transgendering of Israel by several prophets who use this device to explore the adultery and promiscuity that they wish to attribute to Israel, as well as the story of Joseph.

Treatise On The Love Of God St

Publisher: DeSales
ISBN: 9780971319936
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An Adaptation of the Introduction to the Devout Life for Young People.French Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, Michel Tournade, writing originally in his native French, has ADOPTED the personal approach of his mentor and spiritual director, St. Francis de Sales, in writing to today's young adults. He follows the thoughts of DeSales' classic writing: Introduction to the Devout Life, which has never been out of print since its first publication in 1609.Francis de Sales (1567-1622), a contemporary of William Shakespeare, Galileo and St. Robert Bellarmine, was Jesuit educated with a doctorate in both civil and church law. At the age of 35 he became the Bishop of Geneva and spent 20 years reforming clergy and parishes, advocating education and the call to holiness for everyone, especially the laity. There is reason to believe that Francis wrote more than 10,000 letters of spiritual direction to men, women, lay and religious, 2500 of which we have access to today. In both his Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God, he writes so personally, as if addressing a friend. It is exactly this style that Fr. Tournade brings to Falling in Love with God allowing Francis to once again speak to today's young audience.