The Bible and Same-Sex Sexuality

Greg Strand – October 10, 2013 Leave a comment

The past couple of weeks Darrell Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, and Executive Director of Cultural Engagement at the Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement, led a discussion on The Table Podcast about the Bible and same-sex sexuality. Joining him were colleagues from Dallas Theological Seminary: Robert Chisholm, Department Chair and Professor of Old Testament; Joe Fantin, Associate Professor of New Testament Studies; and Jay Smith, Professor of New Testament Studies.

Bock opened this two-part series with a reference to The Queen James Bible (2012). This provocative title is related to two issues. Historically, it is a reference to what some claim about King James, viz. that he was gay. Biblically, it is a reference to the intent of this translation, viz. it is a gay-driven translation so that the eight key biblical texts that explicitly address homosexuality are reinterpreted and retranslated. The key texts are the following: Genesis 19:5; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10; Jude 7.

Here is how the Bible is described:

A Gay Bible

The Queen James Bible is based on The King James Bible, edited to prevent homophobic misinterpretation.

Homosexuality in The Bible

Homosexuality was first mentioned in the Bible in 1946, in the Revised Standard Version. There is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to this – only interpretations have been made. Anti-LGBT Bible interpretations commonly cite only eight verses in the Bible that they interpret to mean homosexuality is a sin; Eight verses in a book of thousands!

The Queen James Bible seeks to resolve interpretive ambiguity in the Bible as it pertains to homosexuality: We edited those eight verses in a way that makes homophobic interpretations impossible.

There is much to say in response. But I will first let Darrell Bock and his colleagues from DTS do this, which they do very capably.

Queen James Passages in the Old Testament,” Part 1. 

00:12: Guest introductions and the goals of revisions in the Queen James Bible

04:13: Does Noah’s situation in Genesis 9 contribute to a biblical perspective of homosexuality?

09:03: Does the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19 contribute to a biblical perspective of homosexuality?

15:08: Does the prohibition in Leviticus 18:22 contribute to a biblical perspective of homosexuality?

23:11: What does the term “abomination” mean in Leviticus 18:22?

29:22: Israel’s call to holiness and the code for serious offenses in Leviticus 20

34:03: Does David’s description of Jonathan in 2 Samuel 1:26 contribute to a biblical perspective of homosexuality?

38:33: Responding to the challenge that Jesus did not object to homosexuality

 

The New Testament View of Same-Sex Sexuality,” Part 2. 

00:13: Homosexuality in the larger Greco-Roman culture

03:50: Paul’s transcultural message in Romans 1

10:07: Is there any doubt about what Paul describes in Romans 1:27?

12:03: The phrase “natural sexual relations” in Romans 1:26

17:20: Jewish, Greco-Roman and contemporary views of homosexuality

23:06: Active and passive terms for homosexual partners in 1 Corinthians 6:9

33:18: Paul’s message of hope in 1 Corinthians 6

34:11: What is the significance of 1 Timothy 1:10 in this discussion?

37:29: Does Jude 7 contribute to a biblical perspective of homosexuality?

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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