Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sunday Drive: on to Corinth

1 Cor 6:9 and Tim 1:10—malakoi and arsenokoitai

These words are very ambiguous because the first time they appear in preserved history, is in the Biblical texts. Any outside historical sources are quoting these verses, not using the words in an original way that helps us understand their usage in modern language. Malakoi seems to refer to self-indulgent practices of both genders, and not necessarily any specific sexual practices. Arsenokoitai again seems to refer to male prostitutes, whether in the temple or otherwise, but its usage is vague. Helminiak, in his book What the Bible Really says about Homosexuality, proposes that it is a reference to pederasty—an adult man exploiting a young boy for money. Neither of these seems to speak to the model mentioned earlier—a loving, committed relationship between two people of the same gender.


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