28 Mar '14, 2am

@hyper_drum There's a good discussion of the Sodom story here: Enjoy

@hyper_drum There's a good discussion of the Sodom story here: Enjoy

First of all, the Bible reports that “every man in the entire city” surrounded the house and threatened the angels with gang rape, and it is unlikely that every man in the city was gay. Second, the story of Genesis 19 is eerily similar to a story found in Judges 19 about a male traveler who is threatened with gang rape by an entire city and who throws his concubine to the crowd. (I wrote about that troubling story in A Year of Biblical Womanhood .) Both stories appear to serve as commentaries on the ancient Near Eastern concept of hospitality. Justin points out that “rape had been used at times a s a symbol of domination, with armies raping the (male) leader of a conquered enemy…Clearly, in some cultures and contexts—whether in ancient times or in modern-day prisons—male-male rape had been used or threatened as a method of violent humiliation and domination.” Thirdly, in E...

Full article: http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/torn-back-to-bible

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