Jacob's Wound: Homoerotic Narrative in the Literature of Ancient Israel

  • Title: Jacob's Wound: Homoerotic Narrative in the Literature of Ancient Israel
  • Author: Theodore W. Jennings Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780826417121
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jacob s Wound Homoerotic Narrative in the Literature of Ancient Israel The very suggestion that there may be homoeroticism in Hebrew narrative may seem odd given the supposition that the religion and culture of ancient Israel resolutely opposed same sex erotic relationsh
    The very suggestion that there may be homoeroticism in Hebrew narrative may seem odd given the supposition that the religion and culture of ancient Israel resolutely opposed same sex erotic relationships The apparent prohibition of homosexuality in Leviticus and the story of Sodom from Genesis have been made to speak for the whole Hebrew Bible The oddity of this situatioThe very suggestion that there may be homoeroticism in Hebrew narrative may seem odd given the supposition that the religion and culture of ancient Israel resolutely opposed same sex erotic relationships The apparent prohibition of homosexuality in Leviticus and the story of Sodom from Genesis have been made to speak for the whole Hebrew Bible The oddity of this situation has not been lost on some interpreters who have recognized that the story of Sodom tells us no about attitudes toward what we call homosexuality than the story of the rape of Dina tells us about attitudes toward heterosexuality.Prof Jennings says that the well known eroticism of the Hebrew Bible is not confined to heterosexuality but also includes an astonishing diversity of material that lends itself to homoerotic interpretation In Part one, Jennings examines saga materials associated with David It is no innovation to detect in the David and Jonathan s relationship at least the outline of a remarkable love story between two men What becomes clear, however, is that the tale is far complex than this since it involves Saul and is set within a context of a warrior society that takes for granted that male heroes will be accompanied by younger or lower status males Thus the complex erotic connections between David and Saul and David and Jonathan play out against the backdrop of a context of heroes and pals The second type of same sex relationship explored has to do with shamanistic forms of eroticism in which the sacral power of the holy man is both a product of same sex relationship and expressed through same sex practice This section deals with Samuel and Saul and Elijah and Elisha These are not warriors but persons whose sacral power is also erotic power that may find expression in erotic practices with persons of the same sex.The third type of same sex relationship discusses we now call transgendered persons, especially males, and their erotic relationship to other males Here the book explores the transgendering of Israel by several prophets who use this device to explore the adultery and promiscuity that they wish to attribute to Israel, as well as the story of Joseph.

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    1. Funnest and Funniest book I've ever read about ancient Israel.I would have liked to see more about the polytheistic nature of Judiasm, but anyone who reads this book will be well pleased.

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    2. “…evidence for significant same-sex eroticism in Israel actually precedes the evidence for Greece, in some cases, by several centuries. Hence, it appears that ancient Israel may have more of a claim to be a cultural home to same-sex eroticism than does ancient Greece.” Jacob’s Wound- Part 4 (pg. # 198)The Bible, whether you believe in it or not, is the book that has defined beliefs and morals in Western culture. While it has been a solace to many, it is also used as a hammer against many [...]

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    3. The Gayest Story Ever Told. The Bible as Slash. It's amazing how long people have looked at ancient Israel through a heterosexual filter. Once you actually read the stories as they are presented,without spinning your wheels to make them not homosexy, they actually start to make a lot more sense. The Elisha/Elijah chapter left me really confused, but that could be from a lack of intellectual rigor on my part. There is such a wide range of sexual practices ennumerated in The Bible, that it seems s [...]

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    4. Short version: An exploration of homoeroticism in ancient Israel.Opinion: Some of it falls a bit short for me, some of it is mindblowing- I'm not sure I can describe which part made me swoon without a spoiler, but I highly recommend this book. It's one of those books I wish I'd read the second it came out instead of as a college assignment.

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