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"Over against the hegemony of the religious right and its ferocious homophobia, Jacob's Wound shows that the Bible is a profoundly positive, homoerotic text. Through a careful reading of texts, Ted Jennings reclaims the Bible from those who would use it to oppress others. This is a liberating reading." —Roland Boer, Senior Logan Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology at Monash University, author of Marxist Criticism of the Bible, and managing editor of The Bible and Critical Theory

“Prophetic voices have tended to give up on the Bible, and in so doing have handed it over to reactionary agendas. Jennings refuses to allow the Bible to be dominated in this way. Drawing on a vast array of biblical and theological resources, Jennings offers us ‘other’ readings of the Bible, both by reading unfamiliar texts and by reading familiar texts in unfamiliar ways.” —Dr. Gerald West, Senior Professor in Hebrew Bible and Director of the Ujamaa Centre for Biblical and Theological Community Development and Research, in the School of Religion and Theology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

“While not focusing on women’s experience in the Hebrew Bible, this volume makes a significant contribution to understanding the homoerotic dimensions of the text.” –WATERwheel, 2005 (Waterwheel)

"The book is written in colloquial language, and, indeed, I found the author's use of language blunt, clever, entertaining, and fresh, which is not often the case in scholarly writings....the book's structure is well organized.... I am sure it will be popular." - RBL, July 2006

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"There is much inJennings' book that I admire. He deftly sifts through existing scholarship torecover the terms and forms of ancient Israel's worship of a 'hypermasculinedivinity' whose ravishing of his male followers provided a model both for thewarrior-leader's sexual relations with his male attendant and for the healer'scure of the sick through the infusion of phallic energy."- Raymond-JeanFrontain, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Jan-Feb2007 (The Gay and Lesbian Review)

"Jacob's Wound remains one of the most stimulating and provocative books on the Hebrew Bible to appear in recent years. I will use it next time I teach on the Bible and homosexuality, and the class discussion it will provoke will be impassioned and productive." - Stephen D. Moore, The Theological School, Drew University, USA; The Journal of the History of Sexuality, September 2008 (Stephen D. Moore)

“Over against the hegemony of the religious right and its ferocious homophobia, Jacob’s Wound shows that the Bible is a profoundly positive, homoerotic text. Through a careful reading of texts, Ted Jennings reclaims the Bible from those who would use it to oppress others. This is a liberating reading.” —Roland Boer, Senior Logan Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology at Monash University, author of Marxist Criticism of the Bible, and managing editor of The Bible and Critical Theory

“The book is written in colloquial language, and, indeed, I found the author’s use of language blunt, clever, entertaining, and fresh, which is not often the case in scholarly writings….the book’s structure is well organized…. I am sure it will be popular.” - RBL, July 2006

“There is much inJennings’ book that I admire. He deftly sifts through existing scholarship torecover the terms and forms of ancient Israel’s worship of a 'hypermasculinedivinity’ whose ravishing of his male followers provided a model both for thewarrior-leader’s sexual relations with his male attendant and for the healer’scure of the sick through the infusion of phallic energy.”- Raymond-JeanFrontain, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Jan-Feb2007 (Sanford Lakoff)

Jacob’s Wound remains one of the most stimulating and provocative books on the Hebrew Bible to appear in recent years. I will use it next time I teach on the Bible and homosexuality, and the class discussion it will provoke will be impassioned and productive.” - Stephen D. Moore, The Theological School, Drew University, USA; The Journal of the History of Sexuality, September 2008 (Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. is Professor of Biblical and Constructive Theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary and the author of Introduction to Theology, The Insurrection of the Crucified (Explorations Press), and The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (June 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826417124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826417121
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert S. Lemons on July 12, 2009
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Jennings has written an excellent book which gives an excellent introduction to homoeroticism in the old Testament. This book is a nice complement to his work The Man Jesus Loved which is about the new testament.
Gay people should not be ashamed about who we are as we attend church. There is no reason for us to drift away from our faith as we explore our sexuality. Read this an be free.
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Well, I start to read about this subject after reading Howard Eilberg-Schwartz. When I found this book, I was surprised how the bible tell us about homoeroticism and everything is implicit.
I think that Theodore Jennings is so clear on the issues.
Amazing book!
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Sadly, this is the only book I could find on the topic. It is a Christian interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. The problem being that the Hebrew Bible is very cryptic and almost every good interpretation is done by learned Jews.

Unfortunately, those learned Jews have opted to not go near this subject. Therefore, this book is the only book available.

It is thought provoking, better than nothing, and clearly filled with misunderstandings of the Hebrew Bible.
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