Sex in the Bible: A New Consideration (Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality)

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What is the Bible's stance on such controversial issues as homosexuality and polygamy? What does it have to say about sexual behaviors that some would deem perverted or criminal? Is sex always wrong if it is not used to create life?

Ellens answers these and other questions in a book that argues that our understanding of what the Bible has to say about sex is frequently misguided. He corrects our impressions with a look at the Scriptures themselves, considers what they might have meant to people in the past, and reflects on how we understand, or misunderstand, them today. Focusing on early interpretations and contemporary misconceptions, Ellens guides readers through what the Bible actually says, showing how these messages have been interpreted in different contexts, and suggesting new ways of reading and translating them for use in our own lives. Readers hoping to reach a better understanding of the Bible's views on sexual practices and sexuality in general will find their questions answered here.

What does the story of Adam and Eve reveal about sex and sexuality? What does the Old Testament say about sex and how might we interpret that in our own lives today? How does the New Testament say we should behave in our sexuality and our lives? What lessons can we learn from a closer examination of the Bible and its teachings on human love, marriage, and sexuality? These are among the many questions Ellens answers in an effort to help us all come to a better understanding of the gift of sexuality and its attendant behaviors in our lives. In non-judgmental prose, he elucidates the Bible and our understanding of its teaching on these and related issues.

Product Details

  • Series: Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (March 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275987671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275987671
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Sex is sex, whatever and whenever

One person found this helpful.
 on May 6, 2013
By belpanettone
It’s a tad difficult to sound the trumpets on this book. The end thoughts I’ve had after reading it are that our biblical ancestors were pretty much a horny bunch. Having said that I believe that everyone should have a copy in their library/ because this book touches everyone of us if we are honest. Think, celebrating love, making love, sex laws, marriage, incest, homosexuality,monogamy, making babys……it’s all there and if you’re like me you won’t put the book down until you’ve explored the whole lot. A great read, whether you’re a bible thumper or not. This book is NOT bias.

Excellent insights

One person found this helpful.
 on May 26, 2011
By Arthur W. Wiggins
Sex in the Bible offers perspectives from a psychologist, an army chaplain, a pastor, and a Biblical scholar- all the same person. It is rare to have such a combination, all at a high level.

Fresh New Perspective

3 people found this helpful.
 on April 25, 2007
By Ralph Henley
Ellens elegantly deconstructs many traditional interpretations of Biblical passages about sex and sets the record straight. Well-researched. Thought-provoking. Every thinking believer should read this book!

a must read – best book on the subject i have read

2 people found this helpful.
 on November 30, 2006
By M. Roger Harvey
Truly mind opening. A perspective that makes sense historically and for today’s world. Highly recommended!

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