Sexuality and the Bible made accessible in new book August 12, 2013 Emeritus Professor William (Bill) Loader. Murdoch University Emeritus Professor Bill Loader has published a new book that brings together findings from his acclaimed five-book series on sexuality in ancient Judaism and early Christianity. Making Sense of Sex: Attitudes towards Sexuality in Early Jewish and Christian Literature summarises key findings from his five-year ARC-funded investigation and is written in an accessible style for a general readership. “This book is designed to be a resource for anyone interested in exploring how sexual matters were approached in the New Testament and Early Judaism,” Professor Loader said. “My intention has been to provide a more solid basis for discussion of modern issues to do with sexuality, one grounded in historical sources. I hope this book will provide a reliable starting point for debate.” Professor Loader said the new book required him to condense 2500 pages from the initial five-book series into 176 pages. He said that reaction to the project from both liberal and conservative perspectives has been positive and that the project had brought many surprises, including insights that run contrary to popular notions of Biblical views on sex. “There’s a popular notion that Christianity was anti-sex, but this doesn’t really develop until the second century AD. And it really comes from popular philosophy and its influence on Christianity,” Professor Loader said. “In the ancient world, Jews were very positive toward sexuality. As Jews, such as Philo of Alexandria, encountered the Hellenistic-Roman world, some of them bought this idea that strong feelings were bad. “But in general, Jews believed that God created human beings and created sex, not just for reproduction, but for pleasure and intimacy. That’s the standard Jewish approach. They were not hung up on sex.” Making Sense of Sex will be published on August 15 and can be pre-ordered here. Print This Post Media contact: Rob Payne Tel: (08) 9360-2491 | Mobile: | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, International students, Murdoch achievements, Research, Schools, History, literature and religion, International, School of Arts Tags: arc, bible, bill loader, eerdmans, making sense of sex, sexuality, us Comments (One response) Ben August 13, 2013 Its amazing to me that such an insignificant topic in relation to what the Bible reveals, gets such a significant focus; At no point in the Bible is sex spoken against, except outside of the boundaries which God intends us to enjoy it, and in those instances what is revealed is consistent and coherent. Sometimes (not always, and in this example I don't know) these studies are works aimed at validating a moral code Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!