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Sex, Marriage, and Family in World Religions by Don Browning, M. Christian Green

By Don Browning, M. Christian Green

Spanning hundreds of thousands of years, this new assortment brings jointly writings and teachings approximately intercourse, marriage, and kin from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions. the amount comprises conventional texts in addition to modern fabrics exhibiting how the religions have replied to the altering stipulations and mores of contemporary lifestyles. It unearths the similarities and ameliorations one of the a number of religions and the improvement of rules and teachings inside each one culture. decisions make clear every one religion's perspectives on a variety of topics, together with sexuality and sexual excitement, the that means and objective of marriage, the position of betrothal, the prestige of ladies, where of romance, grounds for divorce, celibacy, and sexual deviance.

Separate chapters dedicated to every one faith comprise introductions by way of top students that contextualize the readings. the decisions are drawn from a number of genres together with ritual, criminal, theological, poetic, and mythic texts. the amount includes such varied examples because the Zohar on conjugal manners, a modern Episcopalian liturgy for same-sex unions, Qur'anic passages at the equality of the sexes, the Ka--masu--tra on husbands, other halves, and fanatics, Buddhist writings on celibacy, and Confucian teachings on filial piety.

Contributors contain: Michael S. Berger, Emory collage; Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Richmond college of legislations; Alan Cole, Lewis and Clark university; Paul B. Courtright, Emory college; Patricia Buckley Ebrey, collage of Washington; Raja M. El-Habti, Muslim girls legal professionals for Human Rights; Luke Timothy Johnson, Emory college; Mark D. Jordan, Emory University

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Unlike other world religions, however, Judaism has been, for most of its history, the tradition of a minority—a powerless, stateless, and oftentimes persecuted, minority. To be sure, an early period of independence, roughly coeval with the Bible, produced the literature (or its antecedents) that would become the foundational text of Judaism. But beginning with the destruction of Solomon’s Temple in 586 bce and the consequent exile of Judeans to Babylonia and Egypt, minority status became the norm for Jews, with few exceptions, all the way up to the modern period.

21 And the Lord God made garments of skins for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. ” 23So the Lord God banished him from the garden of Eden, to till the soil from which he was taken. 24He drove the man out, and stationed east of the garden of Eden the cherubim and the fiery ever-turning sword, to guard the way to the tree of life. 8 [JPS Tanakh, the new Jewish Publication Society translation, 1st ed. (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1985)] illicit sexual unions and practices Document 1–2 leviticus 18 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: 1 16 m i c h a e l s .

Their rigorous, highly structured, and disciplined communal life allowed some members to marry, but only monogamously, and preferred sexual abstinence (Doc. 1–16). This sectarian community, like others in the Land of Israel, was extremely concerned with purity, and emphasized a strict sexual morality. Philo, in his book On the Contemplative Life, describes a similar community, the Therapeutae of Egypt, which were separate male and female Jewish communities living simple lives, dedicated to reflection on the Torah and philosophy.

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