The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament (2003)
Amazon UK: The Man Jesus Loved
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Academic writing and Theology
Topic(s): Biblical studies, Homosexuality in the Bible, Inclusive Christianity, Queer theology, Same-sex relationships, and Sex and sexuality in Ancient Rome
Especially suitable for: Academics, Theological educators, and Those who are undecided about the homosexuality issue
Homosexuality has been at the forefront of debate in the church for decades, with biblical interpretation at the heart of this debate. Some biblical passages appear to condemn certain same-sex relationships or erotic practices, resulting in a challenge to clergy as well as laity regarding the preaching and understanding of these biblical passages. In The Man Jesus Loved, Jennings proposes a gay-affirmative reading of the Bible in the hope of respecting the integrity of these texts and making them more clear as well as persuasive. This reading suggests that the exclusion of persons on the basis of their sexual orientation or same-sex practices fundamentally distorts the Bible generally and the traditions concerning Jesus in particular.
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