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Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire Hardcover – Jan 25 2011

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (Jan. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061725587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061725586
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #636,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“[Knust mines] the Bible for its earthiest and most inexplicable tales about sex…to show that the Bible’s teachings on sex are not as coherent as the religious right would have people believe.” (Newsweek)

“[An] impressive and highly readable analysis of Old and New Testament Bible stories.... For those wanting to understand the Bible as a chronicle of human conduct for achieving the goals of survival, peace, and fulfillment, this is a treasure.” (Booklist (starred review))

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Bible scholar Jennifer Wright Knust addresses the big questions that dominate today's discussions and debates when it comes to sex and the Bible: Is premarital sex a sin? When, and in what contexts, is sexual desire appropriate? With whom can I legitimately have sex? Are same-sex relations permissible? In an era where the phrases, "the Bible says," and "God says," are so often exploited, it is time to consider what the Bible actually does—or does not—say about monogamy, polygamy, homosexuality, gender roles, and sex.

Unprotected Texts directly and pointedly takes on widely shared misconceptions about sex, arguing that the Bible cannot—and should not—serve as a rulebook for sexual morality, despite popular claims to the contrary. From the Song of Songs' lyrical eroticism to the rigid sexual rules of Leviticus—and everything in between—Knust parses the Bible's contradictory, often surprising messages.

Skillfully revealing the latest insights from critical scholarship, Knust provides a compassionate and liberating model for navigating these deeply personal issues that affect us all.

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