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Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships
Brownson, James V.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013 pp. xii + 300. $29


Description: In Bible, Gender, Sexuality James Brownson argues that Christians should reconsider whether or not the biblical strictures against same-sex relations as defined in the ancient world should apply to contemporary, committed same-sex relationships. Presenting two sides in the debate—"traditionalist" and "revisionist"—Brownson carefully analyzes each of the seven main texts that appear to address intimate same-sex relations. In the process, he explores key concepts that inform our understanding of the biblical texts, including patriarchy, complementarity, purity and impurity, honor and shame. Central to his argument is the need to uncover the moral logic behind the biblical text. Written in order to serve and inform the ongoing debate in many denominations over the questions of homosexuality, Brownson's in-depth study will prove a useful resource for Christians who want to form a considered opinion on this important issue.

Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Ethics

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Review by Hermias van Zyl
Published 6/5/2015
Citation: Hermias van Zyl, review of James V. Brownson, Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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