Unprotected Texts

Unprotected Texts : The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire

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Bible scholar Jennifer Wright Knust addresses the big questions that dominate today's discussions and debates when it comes to sex and the Bible: 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? In an era where the phrases, "the Bible says," and "God says," are so often exploited, it is time to consider what the Bible actually does--or does not--say about monogamy, polygamy, homosexuality, gender roles, and sex. "Unprotected Texts" directly and pointedly takes on widely shared misconceptions about sex, arguing that the Bible cannot--and should not--serve as a rulebook for sexual morality, despite popular claims to the contrary. From the Song of Songs' lyrical eroticism to the rigid sexual rules of Leviticus--and everything in between--Knust parses the Bible's contradictory, often surprising messages. Skillfully revealing the latest insights from critical scholarship, Knust provides a compassionate and liberating model for navigating these deeply personal issues that affect us all.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 38.1mm | 498.95g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperOne
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061725587
  • 9780061725586
  • 488,350

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"[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."--Newsweek
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