Intro Religions Day 25 Sodom %26 Helminiak

Intro Religions Day 25 Sodom %26 Helminiak - Minuses ---...

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Sodom & Helminiak
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Genesis 19 What is the story? What are the messages that you can take from it? Homosexuality? Virginity? Rape? Gender oppression? Hospitality? Incest?
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How do we read sacred texts? Insider / emic Narrative vs. message Historicity vs. specificity of sexual acts What is the message? Most common 20 th century Christian perspective on message: homosexuality Outsider / etic Narrative vs. message
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Helminiak, Interpreting the Bible Background, Ph.D. Christian, emic Literal vs. historical-critical “Inspired” and “inerrancy” First step of historical- critical: What is the “point”? (35)
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Cost / benefits of approaches Literal approach “The literal reading claims to take the text for what it says… It claims not to be interpreting… The rule is that the text means whatever it means to somebody reading it today.” (33) Pluses +++ (36)
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Unformatted text preview: Minuses --- (36) Historical-critical approach The rule here is that a text means whatever it meant to the people who wrote it long ago. (33) Pluses+++ (37) Minuses--- (38) Helminiak on homosexuality Context: Specifically in biblical times there was no elaborate understanding of homosexuality as a sexual orientation (39) Context of Genesis 19 History of interpreting it? Inhospitality (45) Humiliation of male/male sex (46) So what is the point of the story? Is Helminiak persuasive? How clear is the historical-critical reading? How should texts be used? Is original meaning the only meaning? How do we use texts as tools in other issues? How obvious is the text? Reading Genesis 19 Can a text be read outside of a context ? (2:00ff; 3:00ff)...
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