It astonishes me, frankly, that the word sodomy came to be associated with male/male sex.

A plain reading of the text doesn’t in any way produce that meaning. Interestingly, in the talmudic traditions of Judaism, the sin of Sodom has always been the sin of inhospitality and violence towards strangers. It’s hard to read that passage and not come out with that understanding.

I’m no expert on the subject at all, but I know scholars who assure me that even the Leviticus clobber passages don’t mean what most of us think they mean. Meanings have been layered on top of poorly understood Hebrew words and then further meeting layered on top of them, leading to understands that are probably radically different than the original meanings of the ancient texts.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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