Religion Prof: The Blog of James F. McGrath
The Blog of Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, Indianapolis
“Only this was the sin of your sister Sodom: arrogance! She and her daughters had plenty of bread and untroubled tranquility, yet she did not support the poor and the needy.”
Granted, this title alone would get me enough trouble for posting it – which is why I simply shared yours on FB. Oh, and I agree
Only if I was arrogant enough to claim arrogance as my only sin. I guess Sodom wasn't such a bad place after all.
I wrote a similar very old article, saying it is those who are inhospitable that are the new Sodomites of today. Maybe I'll dig it up and post it again.
I read a book a couple of years ago in undergrad titled "The History of Sodomy" (or something like that; I'm not doing a Google search with those keywords while at a work computer! 😉 ) and it explored how the word "sodomite" evolved over thousands of years from meaning inhospitable to… well, the current popular definition.It was an interesting read, if anyone here is interested in checking it out.
Thanks for the quote. It underscores that the issue and morale of the story revolves around generosity and hospitality. Male rape is not an uncommon way to humiliate people in the ancient world, and even today homosexual sex acts are used to establish dominance in the middle east, and they don't think its gay, being in the submissive role is gay. I doubt that the concept of gay as we know it existed with these folks. Homosexual sex was done for ritual purposes and as a way to abuse enemies. For nomads the wealth of cities and there inhospitable attitude to strangers must have inspired a lot of ill will among the early Bedouin.
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