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Members of the Christian Right in the USA are frequently known to state that biological family trumps everything, that marriage can only be between an adult man and an adult woman, that active homosexuals are automatically condemned to burn in the flames of hell, and that women and children should be subordinate to men. Centuries of the teachings of St. Paul, many early Church Fathers, of Church Councils, of Orthodox Jewish (and Islamic) teachings, and Papal directives are cited to support these views.
The author, Theodore W. Jennings, Jr., Ph.D. is a professor of biblical and constructive theology at Chicago Theological Seminary and is a United Methodist clergyman. He is not a crank but a trained professional willing to take another look at the Jesus story before the Church became a part of the respectable Establishment of the Roman Empire. It turns out that all the above mentioned teachings of members of the Christian Right are challenged in the Gospels (and in supporting documents like the Gospel of Thomas).
Jennings starts out by examining the title character's role in the Gospel of St. John [John 13, 18-21]. It turns out that there is substantial similarity between the relationship between Jesus and the Beloved Disciple and that between a lover and a beloved in a Hellenistic gymnasium; nowadays we would say they were boyfriends or lovers.Read more ›
Indeed, much of the book's relevance and excellence lies in its ability to speak not only to Queer Studies but to other, more traditional schools of thought in a way that will meet and exceed their expectations. Anyone who expects a tabloidish "Extra, extra, Our Lord was gay! Kept rentboy on side!" won't find that kind of Procrustean insistence here. In THE MAN JESUS LOVED, Jennings takes us through an informed close reading of various gospels, revealing multiple interpretations. He patiently and expertly unpacks a First-Century social and political milieu, offering a full-bodied view of a fully-inclusive Jesus whose ministry spoke to all people, including the marginalized, then as now.
In essence, and in addition to its considerable scholastic merit, Jennings' work acts as a kind of hermeneutic or research switchboard among several polarizing communities: Queer Studies, Social Gospel, contemporary New Testament, and of course the well-informed lay people who like to stay on top of what's going on (some knowledge of the Bible, and preferably the New Revised Standard Version, is assumed).
Whatever one's experience or jumping-off point, this is a good book to begin or refresh a view of Jesus the all-inclusive; and certainly it's a great way to consider how modern ministry today can expand to include the previously excluded and unacknowledged. Highly recommended.
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An EXCELLENT, scholarly book. I've read it several times to glean all I can. Not only is the thesis sound and water-tight (in my opinion), it's wonderfully refreshing for this gay... Read morePublished 19 months ago by sparrow
Jennings does a stunning job exposing some of the subtle implications behind the language used in the New Testament and how it translates as homoeroticism. Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by Matthew O'Neil, author
Jennings lets us know that Jesus had an opportunity in the case of the centurion's servant to condemn homosexuality and he did not. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Lawrence L Lowther
This is the first book I have read on this subject. The scholarship was impressive and thorough, the style a bit wordy and redundant. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by James E Best Jr
Good Bible study of gays in the New Testament. He rightly sees the obvious intent of the Gospel of John and what it means to Gays and Christians today. Read morePublished on October 2, 2010 by RHH
Jennings gives us another powerful example of how the message of the Gospels is incompatible with prejudice. Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Bradford L. Wade
This is a great book for anyone who is looking for a deeper view of Christianity than what is presented by traditional religion. Read morePublished on December 20, 2009 by Robert S. Lemons
I hope the person reading this book looks at the scripture and notices the conflict in scriptural exegesis. Read morePublished on January 29, 2009 by L. Detering
This book is a learned, convicing denubciation of the fallacies and hypocrisy of today's church heterosexism and homophobia. Read morePublished on June 11, 2007 by Ventura Angelo