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Prostitutes and Polygamists

David Lamb
Prostitutes and Polygamists
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Prostitutes and Polygamists

David Lamb

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Jacob and Solomon were polygamists. Tamar and Rahab were prostitutes. What are polygamists and prostitutes doing on the pages of Holy Scripture? And God told the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute. What about Cain?did he really marry his sister? Abraham did, and he was also a polygamist. Lot offered his daughters up for rape, David committed adultery (or rape?) and the Bible calls both men righteous. Love, Old Testament style, was bizarre.

As readers of the Old Testament encounter these weird, confusing, and horrific ?love? stories they ask, ?What's up with sex in the Old Testament?? The church often ignores the R-rated bits of the Bible, so it's hard for people to find answers to their disturbing questions about sex in Scripture, which can lead people to give up on God and God's word.

However, these stories were included in the Bible for a reason, to reveal an even more shocking ?love? story. When humans behave badly, God behaves graciously. God not only forgives people with sexual baggage, but also redeems their lives and includes them in his mission. God's word records their story to benefit us. Just as sex was not often ideal in the Old Testament, it's often not ideal today. Instead of ignoring these stories, Prostitutes and Polygamists engages, discusses, and learns from them.



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Jacob and Solomon were polygamists. Tamar and Rahab were prostitutes. What are polygamists and prostitutes doing on the pages of Holy Scripture? And God told the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute. What about Cain?did he really marry his sister? Abraham did, and he was also a polygamist. Lot offered his daughters up for rape, David committed adultery (or rape?) and the Bible calls both men righteous. Love, Old Testament style, was bizarre.

As readers of the Old Testament encounter these weird, confusing, and horrific ?love? stories they ask, ?What's up with sex in the Old Testament?? The church often ignores the R-rated bits of the Bible, so it's hard for people to find answers to their disturbing questions about sex in Scripture, which can lead people to give up on God and God's word.

However, these stories were included in the Bible for a reason, to reveal an even more shocking ?love? story. When humans behave badly, God behaves graciously. God not only forgives people with sexual baggage, but also redeems their lives and includes them in his mission. God's word records their story to benefit us. Just as sex was not often ideal in the Old Testament, it's often not ideal today. Instead of ignoring these stories, Prostitutes and Polygamists engages, discusses, and learns from them.


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David Lamb

David T. Lamb (D.Phil., Oxford) is assistant professor of Old Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He previously worked in campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and has taught extensively in various crosscultural contexts. He is the author of Righteous Jehu and His Evil Heirs (Oxford) and God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?

Table Of Contents

  • :1.humans Behaving Badly2.the Ideal: Husbands And Wives3.prostitutes: A Pimping Patriarch And A Pious Prostitute4.polygamists 5.rapists And Adulterers 6.incest-ers: Did Cain Really Marry His Sister? 7.widows 8.sodomites 9.sex And The Single Savior

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  • Catalogue Code 421853
  • Product Code 9780310518471
  • ISBN 0310518474
  • EAN 9780310518471
  • UPC 025986518479
  • Pages 208
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Sep 2015
  • Sales Rank #44197
  • Dimensions 212 x 139 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.244kg

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