Making Sense of Sex

Making Sense of Sex

Attitudes Towards Sexuality in Early Jewish and Christian Literature

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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 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.

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Beginning aptly with the versions of the biblical Genesis and related creation myths, Loader (emeritus, New Testament, Murdoch U., Perth, Australia) reads interpretations regarding the creation of man and woman and sexual union in historical/cultural context for general readers. As the author of several other books on this topic, he also relates this literature to contemporary attitudes on same-sex relations, celibacy, prostitution, women, marriage and divorce. The book includes an index of ancient sources. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan :, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company,, 2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780802870957
Characteristics: vii, 168 pages ; 24 cm


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