The Bible's Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire
By Jennifer Wright Knust
HarperOne, Paperback, 9780061725395, 343pp.
Publication Date: February 2012
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Think You Know What the Bible Really Says About Sex? Think Again.
Is premarital sex a sin? When, and in what contexts, is sexual desire appropriate? With whom can I legitimately have sex? Are same-sex relations permissible? With fresh scholarship and unflagging compassion, Jennifer Wright Knust addresses the questions that dominate todays debates over sex and the Bible. At a time when the words the Bible says are too often wielded for social and political gain, its time to consider what scripture actually doesor does notsay about monogamy, homosexuality, gender roles, and sex.
“[Knust mines] the Bible for its earthiest and most inexplicable tales about sex…to show that the Bible’s teachings on sex are not as coherent as the religious right would have people believe.”
“[An] impressive and highly readable analysis of Old and New Testament Bible stories.... For those wanting to understand the Bible as a chronicle of human conduct for achieving the goals of survival, peace, and fulfillment, this is a treasure.”
-Booklist (starred review)