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Sex and Religion in the Bible
Carmichael, Calum

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010 pp. xii + 210. $50.00


Description: If we look to the Bible for historical accounts of ancient life, we make a profound error. So contends Calum Carmichael in this original and incisive reading of some of the Hebrew Bible and New Testamentís most famous narratives. Sifting through the imaginative layers of these texts with an uncanny sensitivity and a panoptic critical eye, he unearths patterns connecting disparate passages, providing fascinating insights into how ideas were expressed, received, and transformed in the ancient Near East. Ranging from Jacobís encounter with Leah to the marriage at Cana to Jesusí encounter with the woman at the well, these readings demonstrate the remarkable subtlety and sophistication of the biblical views on marriage, sexuality, fertility, impurity, creation, and love.

Subjects: Methods, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Ethics

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Review by Stefan Fischer
Published 1/28/2012
Citation: Stefan Fischer, review of Calum Carmichael, Sex and Religion in the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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