Sin and Sex in the Biblical World
Sex-determined biological difference, gender difference, differences in sexual orientation, and societal beliefs about “appropriate” and “inappropriate” sexual behavior have been hot-button issues since biblical times. This was especially true in the ancient Near East, where power lay in the hands of heterosexual males, whose preferences and behaviors were reflected in the laws of the time. Examine human relationships in the Bible and in the ancient world, including the roots of gender roles, power, forbidden sexuality, and consequences for deviation. Prior to the first class session, enrolled students will be sent a digital PDF of text selections to be discussed—writings that deal with human life in all of its sexual dimensions: sensual, sordid, and sublime.
You'll Walk Away with
- Increased cultural literacy
- Familiarity with important biblical themes
- The curious and creative
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between