By Theodore W. Jennings Jr.
The very advice that there is homoeroticism in Hebrew narrative could appear unusual given the supposition that the faith and tradition of old Israel resolutely adversarial comparable intercourse erotic relationships. the obvious prohibition of homosexuality in Leviticus and the tale of Sodom from Genesis were made to talk for the entire Hebrew Bible. The oddity of this case has now not been misplaced on a few interpreters who've famous that the tale of Sodom tells us not more approximately attitudes towards what we name homosexuality than the tale of the rape of Dina tells us approximately attitudes towards heterosexuality.
Prof. Jennings says that the well known eroticism of the Hebrew Bible isn't really restrained to heterosexuality but in addition contains an extraordinary range of fabric that lends itself to homoerotic interpretation.
In half one, Jennings examines saga fabrics linked to David. it's no innovation to observe within the David and Jonathan's courting at the least the description of a striking love tale among males. What turns into transparent, even if, is that the story is much extra advanced than this because it consists of Saul and is decided inside of a context of a warrior society that takes with no consideration that male heroes should be observed by means of more youthful or reduce prestige men. therefore the advanced erotic connections among David and Saul and David and Jonathan play out opposed to the backdrop of a context of "heroes and pals."
The moment form of related intercourse dating explored has to do with shamanistic different types of eroticism within which the sacral energy of the holy guy is either a fabricated from comparable intercourse dating and expressed via related intercourse perform. This part bargains with Samuel and Saul and Elijah and Elisha. those are usually not warriors yet folks whose sacral energy is additionally erotic strength which could locate expression in erotic practices with individuals of an analogous sex.
The 3rd form of related intercourse courting discusses we now name transgendered people, specifically men, and their erotic dating to (other) men. the following the publication explores the transgendering of Israel through a number of prophets who use this equipment to discover the adultery and promiscuity that they want to characteristic to Israel, in addition to the tale of Joseph.
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1990), 7 5 - 8 7 . 13 ( N e w York: R o u t - 12 JACOB'S W O U N D in the relationship between David and Saul. 2 Yet this is by far the more complex and in many ways more interesting of these relationships. H o w does Saul c o m e to take up with David? As will happen again, we are given two quite different explanations for the fateful relationship that comes to unite them. 3 Both accounts seem to take for granted the fact that David has already been chosen to replace Saul after Saul has managed to displease Clod by n o t completely exterminating the Amalekites.
Indeed, tile H e b r e w n a m e David may be construed as "beloved" since the consonants are the same. 12 JACOB'S WOUND Saul is in relentless pursuit of David. In both cases he is closing in because David has been betrayed by people w h o k n o w where he and his outlaw raiders are hiding. In both cases David and his band are camped in the wilderness, where Saul closes in on t h e m with his army. David and his band are vastly outnumbered by the approaching royal forces, which in both cases n u m b e r "three thousand chosen men of Israel" (24:2; 26:2).
For Saul and Jonathan are father and son and are rivals f r o m the beginning not only for the loyalty of the men of Israel but also for the affections of the youth w h o will one day be king in their stead. T h e stories we read are therefore characterized not only by emotional depth but also by psychological complexity. It is, perhaps, the first great love triangle in Western literature. Saul and David I will first discuss the relationship between Saul and David. While the homoerotic character of the attachment between David and Jonathan has often been pointed out, it is quite rare to find recognition of this dynamic 1.