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Paul and Ancient Views of Sexual Desire: Paul’s Sexual Ethics in 1 Thessalonians 4, 1 Corinthians 7, and Romans 1

, 2007
ISBN: 9780567045386


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Paul and Ancient Views of Sexual Desire refutes the argument put forward by some scholars that Paul, in his sexual ethics, is in partial agreement with a current of thought in the Greco-Roman world that condemns sexual desire and advocates the elimination of such desire from marital sex. J. Edward Ellis argues against not only this line of thought but also the attendant notion that this way of thinking underlies Paul’s comments on homosexual activity in Romans 1.

Through close analysis of numerous ancient passages relating to sexual desire, Ellis demonstrates that ancient thinkers tend to condemn not sexual desire in itself but excessive sexual desire and lack of self-control. Furthermore, he contends that ancient auditors would have been unlikely to see condemnation of sexual desire in Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 4 or 1 Corinthians 7.

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  • Examines key biblical texts for understanding Paul’s thought on sex
  • Places Paul’s thought in his contemporary social and religious setting
  • Rejects the idea that Paul opposed sex in all forms
  • Defining the Problem
  • Views of Sexual Desire in Jewish Literature from 200 B.C.E. to 200 C.E.
  • Views of Sexual Desire among Greek and Roman Moralists and Philosophers
  • 1 Corinthians 7 in Light of the Greek Romantic Novels
  • Summary, Implications, and Avenues for Further Research
  • Title: Paul and Ancient Views of Sexual Desire: Paul’s Sexual Ethics in 1 Thessalonians 4, 1 Corinthians 7 and Romans 1
  • Author: J. Edward Ellis
  • Series: Library of New Testament Studies
  • Volume: 354
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Print Publication Date: 2007
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 206
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. Epistles of Paul › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Sex › Religious aspects--Christianity; Sexual ethics
  • ISBNs: 9780567045386, 0567045382
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T05:06:34Z

J. Edward Ellis is an ordained United Methodist minister and assistant professor of New Testament at Olivet Nazarene University. His publications include Controlled Burn: The Romantic Note in 1 Corinthians 7.


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