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Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships
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Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships

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Eerdmans 2013

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Overview

This thought-provoking book by James Brownson develops a broad, cross-cultural sexual ethic from Scripture, locates current debates over homosexuality in that wider context, and explores why the Bible speaks the way it does about same-sex relationships. Fairly presenting both sides in this polarized debate—“traditional” and “revisionist”—Brownson conscientiously analyzes pertinent biblical texts and helpfully identifies “stuck points” in the ongoing debate. In the process, he explores key concepts that inform our understanding of the biblical texts, including patriarchy, complementarianism, purity and impurity, and honor and shame. Central to his argument is the need to uncover the moral logic behind the text.

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Key Features

  • Develops a broad, cross-cultural sexual ethic from Scripture
  • Presents current debates over homosexuality in a wide context
  • Explores why the Bible speaks the way it does about same-sex relationships
  • Unpacks key concepts that inform our understanding of the biblical texts

Contents

  • The Traditionalist Case and Its Problems
  • Revisionist Readings
  • Patriarchy
  • One Flesh
  • Procreation
  • Celibacy
  • Lust and Desire
  • Purity and Impurity
  • Honor and Shame
  • Nature

Praise for the Print Edition

With gentle wisdom Brownson reveals an implicit moral logic beneath scriptural teachings about sexuality and same-sex relationships. His insights—which are both prophetic and pastoral—build a much-needed bridge across the sexual divide that separates people of shared biblical faith.

—David G. Myers, professor of psychology, Hope College

Jim Brownson has written what I believe is a game-changing book on the hotly disputed topic of same-sex orientation and relationships in light of the Bible. He approaches the biblical texts with no less care and respect than the most conservative or traditional scholars, but he makes overt and clear what many seem unconscious of—the moral logic that operates in a text. By surfacing and grappling with that moral logic, Brownson can explore the why behind the what of biblical prohibitions. In so doing, he provides not only a masterful work on human sexuality in light of Scripture, but also a model for the kind of robust and faithful biblical hermeneutic that our churches desperately need at this point in our history.

—Brian McLaren, pastor, author, activist, and speaker

Fascinating and incredibly helpful. It would be hard to suggest that Brownson is anything other than meticulous, transparent, and authentic in his treatment of the issues and of scripture.

Englewood Review of Books

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About James Brownson

James Brownson is James I. and Jean Cook Professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. His other books include Speaking Truth in Love: New Testament Resources for a Missional Hermeneutic.