In this review, I’ll provide a summary, then add some thoughts at the end of this review.
Knust’s work joins others in emphasizing the diverse voices within the biblical texts as well as a cacophony of interpretations by biblical scholars and authoritarian clergy. Although published nearly a decade ago, the book remains relevant to contemporary discussions about laws and policies attempting to control human sexual desire. That is, the Bible contains much evidence that regardless of laws, human beings have a hard time controlling their sexual desires.
Sex topics: Women as property, virginity, celibacy, prostitutes, rape, supernatural beings-human sex, same-sex acts, circumcision
Religious perspective: General Christian but not evangelical
Knust, J. W. (2011). Unprotected texts: The Bible’s surprising contradictions about sex and desire. New York: HarperCollins.
Sex and Religion / Christianity Book List