Sexuality and the Jesus Tradition by William Loader

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Discourse related to sex excites passion and debate, partly because sexuality is a central aspect of what it means to be human. Following up on his recent book on sexuality in the Septuagint, William Loader here explores what the Christian Gospels and related writings have to say about sexuality, how they reflect the faith and social values of their day, and what impact they've had on our own.

Sexuality and the Jesus Tradition is thorough in its investigation and compelling in its analyses. Loader examines all of the passages that convey views about sexuality in the Gospels and other first-century literature, including the Gospel of Thomas, and the influence in Paul of the Jesus tradition. Among the interesting topics covered are attitudes concerning lust, perspectives on marriage and divorce, and views about celibacy. Loader shows how, despite the passing of two thousand years and massive social change, these ancient texts contain common issues that we still grapple with today.

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William Loader is professor of New Testament at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, and lecturer in New Testament at Perth Theological Hall of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Published February 3, 2005 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 296 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Loader offers in this volume a serious and thoughtful examination of sexual attitudes and mores arising from a study of the gospels, Paul's letters and the evolving church tradition.

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