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Take Back the Word: A Queer Reading of the Bible Paperback – Bargain Price, November 15, 2000

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About the Author

Goss is chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Webster University.

West is director of spiritual development at the Cathedral of Hope, the largest gay and lesbian church in the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: The Pilgrim Press (November 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829813977
  • ASIN: B004JZWM3A
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,908,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. Judith Cannon on March 10, 2001
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The articles included in this book open space around Bible passages that for me were packed tight, even smothered, by the preaching and teaching of my childhood. Opening space for alternative readings allows the scriptures to breath and live again. The book does not hold forth a new dogma--a new absolute way to read the scripture. It does not replace one fundamentalism with another. The book is based on the premise that to read is always to interpret. Our reading is always influenced by who we are, when and where we live, and many other factors that affect our perspective. The authors acknowledge that they are reading the Bible passages as queers--as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. In essense, the book asks again and again, what if we look at it this way? It opens possibilities. The book addresses the Garden of Eden, Exodus, Ruth, Jexable, Nehemiah, Jonah, Mary of Magdela, Lazurus, and many other people, stories, and passages. Some of the chapters are down to earth, others more scholarly. If a more open reading of the Bible is of interest to you, this book is for you.
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This book is an interesting collection of essays by authors who choose particular aspects of the Bible or of historical attitudes toward sexuality in the Bible. Some of the writers are quite well known and respected. The articles, as in all edited books, are mixed in the quality of their writing, but all offer interesting takes on the place of LGBTQ people within the spiritual makeup of humanity.
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I have not read this book, but all I have heard is good things. My colleague Gil recommended it. It is about the Bible and Queer Theory.
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I was saddened after reading this collection of articles. These authors display some of the most dreadful examples of eisegesis I have ever seen. Throughtout history people of all stripes have attempted to use Scripture to justify their view or cause and this is yet another example.

An honest objective study of history, Biblical languages, along with a simple reading of the words of Scripture prove this book to be nothing more than wishful thinking on the part of another group who earnestly seeks legitimacy from Christianity.
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Any who understands that loving God, the Bible and Church isn't limited to the narrow minded would enjoy this book. Progressive and scholarly Bible geeks will like it. And any LGBT person who still trying to reconcile their Christianity and sexual identity SHOULD read this book.
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