Sex in the Hebrew Bible
The Bible refers to homosexuality numerous times in both the Old Testament and New Testament (including by Jesus). Every place it is mentioned it is referred to in a not positive light. The teaching from the Scriptures are clearly against homosexual behavior of any kind.
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Leviticus 18:22 says:
|“||Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; it is an abomination.||”|
Leviticus 20:13 states:
|“||If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.||”|
These verses prohibits male homosexual acts.
Ham’s actions in Genesis 9:20-25, are debated upon because of the vagueness of the script, but some interpret it as Ham doing something sexual with his father Noah, while Noah was passed out drunk in his tent.
- Lot had sex with his daughters after they get him drunk for the purpose of becoming pregnant.
- The sin of Onan, which is often misinterpreted as masturbation, was coitus interruptus or withdrawal. He was also violating the duty of yibbum. Onan was struck down and killed by God because he "spilt his seed upon the ground" while he had a duty to impregnate his brother's wife.
- Genesis 38:13-24 tells the story of Tamar (wife of Onan mentioned above) trading sex with her father-in-law Judah for ownership of a goat.
- Exodus 20:14, as the seventh commandment, prohibits the act of adultery: "Thou shalt not commit adultery."
- Leviticus 18 lists several prohibitions concerning sex according to biblical rule.
- It is said that Elkanah had sexual union with his wife Hannah and she bore him Samuel.
- Book of Deuteronomy states the prohibition of prostitution. 17"(A)None of the daughters of Israel shall be a cult prostitute, (B)nor shall any of the sons of Israel be a cult prostitute. 18"You shall not bring the hire of a harlot or the wages of a [a](C)dog into the house of the LORD your God for any votive offering, for both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God."
- Second Samuel 11:3-5 describes King David with Bathsheba and his act of adultery with her:
|“||"3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, 'Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?' 4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. 5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, 'I am with child'."||”|
- John Gill, Lev. 18:22
- Matthew Henry, Leviticus 18:22; 20:13
- Genesis 9:20-23
- David Noel Freedman, Allen C. Myers, Astrid B. Beck, Eerdmans dictionary of the Bible, (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing: 2000), p. 543
- Genesis 19:30-36
- Dancy, J. The Divine Drama: the Old Testament as Literature, (ISBN 0718829875, ISBN 978-0-7188-2987-2), 2002, p. 92
- Genesis 38:8-10
- Patton, Michael S. (June 1985). "Masturbation from Judaism to Victorianism". Journal of Religion and Health (Springer Netherlands) 24 (2): 133–146. doi:10.1007/BF01532257. ISSN 0022-4197. Retrieved 12 November 2011. "Social change in attitudes toward masturbation has occurred at the professional level only since 1960 and at the popular level since 1970.  ... onanism and masturbation erroneously became synonymous...  ... there is no legislation in the Bible pertaining to masturbation. "
- Kwee, Alex W.; David C. Hoover (2008). "Theologically-Informed Education about Masturbation: A Male Sexual Health Perspective". Journal of Psychology and Theology (La Mirada, CA, USA: Rosemead School of Psychology. Biola University) 36 (4): 258–269. ISSN 0091-6471. Retrieved 12 November 2011. "The Bible presents no clear theological ethic on masturbation, leaving many young unmarried Christians with confusion and guilt around their sexuality."
- Leviticus 18 (King James Version)
- Proverbs 5 (King James Version)
- Akerly, Ben Edward, The X-Rated Bible: An Irreverent Survey of Sex in the Scriptures (American Atheist Press, 1985) ISBN 0-910309-19-1
- Smith, Morton H., Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Confession Standards, (Escondido, CA: Ephesians Four Group) 1999.
- Miller, Lisa (14 February 2011). "What the Bible Really Says About Sex". Newsweek.
- Coogan, Michael (1 October 2010). God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says. Twelve. ISBN 978-0-446-54525-9.
- Knust, Jennifer Wright (25 January 2011). Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire. HarperOne. ISBN 0-06-172558-7.