Dirt, Greed, and Sex
"In Dirt, Greed, and Sex, L. William Countryman shows how biblical conceptions regarding sexual behavior arose from concerns for purity and from cultures in which women and children were often conceived as property. What biblical texts say about sex often...
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"In Dirt, Greed, and Sex, L. William Countryman shows how biblical conceptions regarding sexual behavior arose from concerns for purity and from cultures in which women and children were often conceived as property. What biblical texts say about sex often arises from concerns about dirt and greed." "This newly revised edition of Dirt, Greed, and Sex takes up recent studies of sexual ethics in light of the biblical materials. A new chapter evaluates recent proposals for a normative "ethic of creation," and in a concluding chapter Countryman offers his own positive statement of a New Testament ethic."--BOOK JACKET.
This new revised edition, of the landmark 1988 text, includes updated text and notes throughout, taking advantage of recent studies of sexual ethics and, where appropriate, criticizing them. A new chapter engages the presumed "ethic of creation"; that has become a major theme among more conservative thinkers and writers in biblical ethics. A concluding chapter on sex is thoroughly rewritten and offers a positive statement of a New Testament sexual ethic.
L. William Countryman (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Sherman E. Johnson Emeritus Professor in Biblical Studies at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. He is a popular speaker, and the author of many books including Gifted by Otherness; Living on the Border of the Holy; Forgiven and Forgiving, and Love Human and Divine, all available from Morehouse Publishing. He is perhaps best known for Dirt, Greed, and Sex, a study of sexual ethics in the New Testament and today (recently reissued in a revised edition)
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