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The New Testament and Homosexuality: Contextual Background for Contemporary Debate

The New Testament and Homosexuality

Contextual Background for Contemporary Debate

Robin Scroggs (Author)


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Just what is a proper use of the Bible, especially the New Testament, in Christian debates about acceptance of homosexuals? In addition to bringing clarity and honesty to issues of the relevance of the Bible, this work brings a little more light and a little less heat to the discussion, a little more acceptance of all persons on the "other side," and maybe even an awareness that in Christ there is really no "other side" at all.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800618544
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 160
  • Publication Date August 1, 1984


"This solid study constitutes the best resource book available on the question of what the New Testament does or does not say about homosexuality."
The Other Side

"Here is a book on a highly controversial topic by a first-rate biblical scholar. This provocative volume deserves careful study ... must reading for anyone struggling to hold a position on homosexuality that is grounded in the New Testament."
Military Chaplain's Review

"The New Testament and Homosexuality makes a valuable contribution to the current debate within the Christian tradition about homosexuality. It seems to me that all those church leaders and committees who are deciding how to deal with homosexuality and whether or not to ordain gay people ought to study this book carefully before making their decisions or recommendations. It just may well be that the Bible does not speak as unequivocally against homosexuality as many church leaders seem to think."
– Roger E. Timm, Dialog

Table of Contents


  1. The Use of the Bible in Recent Church Discussions About Homesexuality
  2. The Cultural Background: A Male Society with an Ideal of Male Beauty
  3. Pederastic Practices
  4. The Great Debate
  5. Palestinian Judaism: Stern Opposition
  6. Hellenistic Judaism: Pederasty Vilified
  7. The Early Church: Echoes of a Tradition
  8. Taking a Stand

    Appendix A—On the Question of Nonpederastic Male Homosexuality

    Appendix B—Female Homosexuality in the Greco-Roman World

    Appendix C—Some Psychological Reflections

    Index of Passages
    Index of Authors and Subjects