By Mark D. Jordan
The competitors of felony reputation for same-sex marriage usually entice a "Judeo-Christian" culture. yet does it make any feel to talk of that culture as a unmarried educating on marriage? Are there parts in Jewish and Christian traditions that really authorize spiritual and civil reputation of same-sex undefined? And are modern heterosexual marriages good supported by means of these traditions? As evidenced by means of the 10 provocative essays assembled and edited via Mark D. Jordan, the solutions are usually not so simple as many might think. the students of Judaism and Christianity accumulated the following discover the problem via a variety of biblical, historic, liturgical, and theological facts. From David's love for Jonathan in the course of the singleness of Jesus and Paul to the all-male heaven of John's Apocalypse, the gathering addresses pertinent passages within the Hebrew Bible and the recent testomony with scholarly precision. It reconsiders no matter if there are biblical precedents for blessing same-sex unions in Jewish and Christian liturgies. The e-book concludes through studying commonplace spiritual arguments opposed to such unions and offers a accomplished reaction to claims that the Judeo-Christian culture prohibits same-sex unions from receiving spiritual reputation. The essays, such a lot of that are in print right here for the 1st time, are by means of Saul M. Olyan, Mary Ann Tolbert, Daniel Boyarin, Laurence Paul Hemming, Steven Greenberg, Kathryn Tanner, Susan Frank Parsons, Eugene F. Rogers, Jr., and Mark D. Jordan.
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Paul tells the newly converted brothers in the church in Thessalonica (for whatever reason, he addresses only men) that each of them should “possess” or “control” his “thing” or “vessel,” probably referring either to their genitalia or their wives, “in holiness and honor, not in the passion of desire like the Gentiles who do not know God” (4:4–5). Sexual passion, for Paul, is something that these Christian men should no longer experience; it is part of the Gentile world they have left behind. Marriage is the arena in which they should be able to have sex but avoid desire.
The underlying presuppositions are that the sexual act is intrinsically deﬁling, and that indulgence in it creates a barrier between the soul and God. If one is mar- 32 DALE B. 25 Difﬁcult, but not impossible. In fact, the issue came to a head in a controversy centered around a Roman Christian named Jovinian, who, sometime around 390, began teaching, not the superiority of the married state, but that those who married and had sex were no worse in the eyes of God than virgins or celibates. Jovinian based his argument on a “high” view of baptism.
Eschatological communities. Communities in which 40 DALE B. MARTIN single people are not second-class citizens, in which there are no “bastards,” in which sexual orientation does not in itself stigmatize, in which varieties of households are nurtured. Alternative models to the traditional family are ready to hand in rich Christian scripture and tradition. The texts of scripture and tradition I have analyzed bring both problems and possibilities. Some of them offer alternative visions of human community but at the price of an asceticism that renders desire and sex shameful or even sinful, a course we must also reject.
Authorizing Marriage?: Canon, Tradition, and Critique in the Blessing of Same-Sex Unions by Mark D. Jordan