"I strongly recommend Nissinen's work. It fills a major need in contextualizing the Old Testament
references to homosexual relations in a study of ancient Near Eastern references to same-sex sexual
interactions. Many of the relevant texts have simply not been accessible to the general reader heretofore."
— Phyllis Bird, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"This book has been admirably conceived and developed to assist the ordinary Bible reader in narrowing
the cultural distance between the world of Jesus and our own. Both authors are expert teachers, proven
researchers, and clear articulators of what they know so well: the society of Palestine in the time of Jesus,
its social institutions, cultural values, daily experiences, and elite and non-elite approaches to the God of Israel. A careful reading will...make the pages of the Gospels come alive...."
— Bruce J. Malina, Creighton University