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Making Sense of Sex: Attitudes Towards Sexuality in Early Jewish and Christian Literature
Loader, William

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013 pp. vii. $24.00



Description: This book is about listening to what writers were saying about sex in early Judaism and Christianity—ancient words surprisingly relevant for today. It functions as both a summary and a conclusion to William Loader's five previous books on sexuality in a form accessible to those who may not have a background knowledge of early Judaism and Christianity. It also contains a useful subject index to those five previous volumes. In examining thoroughly all the relevant writings and related evidence of the Greco-Roman period, Loader dialogues with scholarship related to each writing in order to make his conclusions as objective as possible. By enabling the reader to listen respectfully to these ancient texts, Making Sense of Sex provides a basis for informed discussion of sexual issues today.

Subjects: Bible, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Greco-Roman Literature, Early Christian Literature, Literature

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Review by Michael Rosenberg
Published 6/20/2014
Citation: Michael Rosenberg, review of William Loader, Making Sense of Sex: Attitudes Towards Sexuality in Early Jewish and Christian Literature, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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