Sex In the Bible Essay

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Sex In the Bible



Sex in the Bible


For my book report I chose the topic of sex in the Bible. I thought that it would be a
very interesting topic because in many churches discussion of sex and sexuality is taboo.
I thought that by reading this book I could become more informed of what the Bible truly
says on the subject. I also chose this topic because I felt that it would be easier
reading a book about the bible on a topic I was interested in. Most subjects pertaining
to the Bible are not interesting to the average teenager, and I felt this book would be
fun to read. The name of the book was Sex in the Bible by Michael R. Cosby. Cosby
discusses five parts of the bible in which sexual relations are discussed. First he
discuses the laws that apply to sex in the Hebrew culture according to the book of
Dueteronomy. Secondly he discuses the wisdom advice of the book of proverbs. Cosby then
discuses the actual act of sex in the book of songs. Next he writes about the topic of
sex and sexuality in the synoptic gospels. Finally he discusses sex in the books of
Corinthians and Paul's letters to the Romans. Cosby's goal is to interpret the true
beliefs of the early Jews and Christians.

The book of Deuteronomy is a book of laws directed for the Hebrew. They are laws given to
them by their god Yahweh. The book of Deuteronomy has several rules and laws pertaining
to sex. The book was written within a society that was very male oriented. Thus the book
makes the assumption that the wife is property of the husband. This did not give the
husband the right to treat his wife as a slave, however only he had the option of divorce,
and he only had the option of verifying his wife's virginity. The basic two principles
behind the laws of sex in Dueteronomy are that: sex was to be only had in the confides of
marriage, and that the women must be a virgin going into the marriage.

Pertaining to the act of premarital sex, either by free will or by force, the punishment
is death by stoning. If it turns out that the women was raped, then that man which
committed the crime will be forced to marry the women, and is forbidden to divorce her
ever. As far as a women not being pure when she is married, Dueteronomy says that the
husband has the right to bring this claim to his new wife's father. If the accusation is
true than the women will be stoned to death in front of her father's house. Having an
impure daughter was an ultimate disgrace to a father, in that it was his resposibility to
prevent that. If the claims turned out to be false then the husband was beat in public
and charged one hundred coins to be given to the bride's father.

There are also several other topics involving sex that are mentioned Deuteronomy. The act
of polygamy is considered an acceptable practice, and in many cases expected. Under
Hebrew law if a man died his brother was obligated to take his brother's widowed wife's
hand in marriage. If the brother were already married then it would be expected of him to
now have two wives. There are two other laws mentioned in Deuteronomy that are seen as
sins to Yahweh, but are not punishable by death. Those two acts would be prostitution,
and transvestitism (or the act of men dressing like women and vice versa). These acts,
although not punishable by death, were seen as sins by God, and anyone who partook in the
act of prostitution or transvestitism would be accursed.

Moving on, Cosby goes to the book of Proverbs. Proverbs, unlike Dueteronomy, does not
dive laws about sex, but rather advice about it. Proverbs is not based on a covenant
motif but rather on accumulated wisdom that has resulted from many years of observation.
It is similar to Deuteronomy in that it addresses a great number of different aspects of
life, but the way it is presented is much different. There is no emphasis on the Hebrew
people's covenant with God. In fact proverbs is not specifically written for the Hebrew
people, but rather as advice for the people of all nations.

The main emphasis in Proverbs is to explain why it is better to stay away from women of
poor morals. Proverbs says that there are two kinds of women, which represent paths along
which one can take. The first is the path of wisdom, righteousness, and justice; that
path is lead by the pure women. The second is the path of folly, perversion, and death;
this path is lead by the women who tempts man. The writers of Proverbs wrote it with the
intent to instill within young men the desire to order their lives by Wisdom, rather than
Folly. Wisdom allows a person to make intelligent decisions based on the understanding of
God's code. Folly, on the other hand, causes a person to focus on their desires of the
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