New PDF release: The Erotic Word: Sexuality, Spirituality, and the Bible

By David M. Carr

Traditionally, the Bible has been used to force a wedge among the spirit and the physique. during this provocative publication, David Carr argues that the Bible affirms erotic ardour. Sexuality and spirituality, he contends, are intricately interwoven; the adventure towards God and the life-long engagement with our personal sexual embodiment are inseparable.

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The text does not go so far as to describe multiple gods—male and female— creating both sexes of humans. 10 This idea is an ancient one. 11 But why bring up the idea of the divine council here? Could it be that this divine council in Israel, like the divine councils in neighboring cultures, could include both male and female divine beings? 12 It is hard to know for sure. What is clear is that this text goes far in describing the one God's creation of both male and female sexual beings in the divine image(s).

If we read the text itself, the forbidden fruit is not sex, but wisdom. As the story says, this was the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17; cf. 3:6). "Knowledge of good and evil" is a phrase often used to describe wisdom (1 Kings 3:9, 11—12), indeed a godlike wisdom possessed by only a few (2 Sam. 14:17, 20). Proverbs calls wisdom "a tree of life to all who take hold of her" (Prov. 5 The snake, described as extremely 45 46 THE EDEN GARDEN AND THE LAW "clever" here (Gen. 3:1), was likewise a symbol of wisdom in the Near East.

It is a representation of Hadadyisi, king of Sikan, an ancient city in the upper reaches of Mesopotamia 19 2O THE E D E N G A R D E N AND THE LAW (ancient Iraq). Hadadyisi probably had this statue constructed to stand in the sanctuary before his god, Hadad, when Hadadyisi could not be around. " Later he had the statue improved, and he added to the inscription: "The image of Hadadyisi. . this likeness he made better than before. . " Throughout, King Hadadyisi uses Aramaic words for image and likeness that occur in Hebrew form in Genesis I.

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