God and sex : what the Bible really says / Michael Coogan.

By: Coogan, Michael DavidMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: New York : London : Twelve ; Little, Brown [distributor], 2011, 2010Edition: 1st Trade edDescription: xvi, 237 p. : ill. ; 21 cmISBN: 9780446545266 (pbk.); 0446545260 (pbk.)Subject(s): Sex in the BibleDDC classification: 220.83067 LOC classification: BS680 .S5 | C645 2010
Contents:
To know in the biblical sense: speaking of sex -- He will rule over you : the status of women -- As it was in the beginning? : Marriage and divorce -- Thou shalt not : forbidden sexual relationships in the Bible -- Folly in Israel : rape and prostitution -- Fire in the divine loins : God's wives in myth and metaphor.
Summary: Biblical scholar Michael Coogan's introductory course on the Old Testament has been a perennial favorite among students at Harvard University. Here, Coogan examines one of the most controversial aspects of the Hebrew Scripture: what the Old Testament really says about sex, and how contemporary understanding of those writings is frequently misunderstood or misrepresented. In the engaging voice generations of students have appreciated, Coogan explores the language and social world of the Bible, showing how much innuendo and euphemism is at play, and illuminating the sexuality of biblical figures as well as God. By doing so, Coogan reveals the immense gap between popular use of Scripture and its original context. Certain to provoke, entertain, and enlighten.--From publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

To know in the biblical sense: speaking of sex -- He will rule over you : the status of women -- As it was in the beginning? : Marriage and divorce -- Thou shalt not : forbidden sexual relationships in the Bible -- Folly in Israel : rape and prostitution -- Fire in the divine loins : God's wives in myth and metaphor.

Biblical scholar Michael Coogan's introductory course on the Old Testament has been a perennial favorite among students at Harvard University. Here, Coogan examines one of the most controversial aspects of the Hebrew Scripture: what the Old Testament really says about sex, and how contemporary understanding of those writings is frequently misunderstood or misrepresented. In the engaging voice generations of students have appreciated, Coogan explores the language and social world of the Bible, showing how much innuendo and euphemism is at play, and illuminating the sexuality of biblical figures as well as God. By doing so, Coogan reveals the immense gap between popular use of Scripture and its original context. Certain to provoke, entertain, and enlighten.--From publisher description.

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Michael Coogan is Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum and Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. For several decades, he has taught an introductory course on the Hebrew Scriptures at Harvard University, as well as at Wellesley College, Boston College, and Stonehill College. One of the leading biblical scholars in the United States, he is the author of The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures and editor of the acclaimed third edition of The New Oxford Annotated Bible .

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