Thursday, May 03, 2018

On the prohibition of male-to-male sex in Leviticus

IDAN DERSHOWITZ: How the Prohibition of Male Homosexual Intercourse Altered the Laws of Incest. (
Originally Leviticus 18 prohibited homosexual incest with a man’s father (v. 7) and his uncle (v. 14). When the prohibition of male homosexual intercourse was added, the Torah modified the aforementioned laws and consequently changed the meaning of לגלות ערוה “to uncover nakedness.”
Could be. Generally I think that semantic variability is not in itself a persuasive argument for finding redactional layers in a text. People has always used language in complicated and even inconsistent ways. But read the essay and see what you think.

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