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

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Aug 15, 2013 - History - 168 pages
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.

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William Loader is professor emeritus of New Testament at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. His other books about sexuality in early Judaism and Christianity are Philo, Josephus, and the Testaments on Sexuality; The Pseudepigrapha on Sexuality; The Dead Sea Scrolls on Sexuality; Enoch, Levi, and the Jubilees on Sexuality; and The New Testament on Sexuality.

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