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Sex, Sacrifice, Shame, & Smiting: Is the Bible Always Right? [Paperback]

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Pages   166
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2008
Publisher   Seabury Books
ISBN  1596270683  
EAN  9781596270688  


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The Bible presents us with difficult statements about money and finance, social justice, marrige and divorce, sex, religion and politics, and other areas of life. Many of us pick and choose among them, feeling free to treat some of the Bible's moral rulings as absolutes but ignoring those we find unacceptable. Are there areas where we can ignore what the Bible says? Is the Bible simply wrong about some things? Are we free to argue that we understand things better than the biblical writers did and can therefore disregard them? Or must we accept what the Bible tells us, no matter how difficult it might be to put into practice? Kraus explores questions of vengeance, the death penalty, economics, social justice, sexual behavior, and more.

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The Bible presents us with difficult statements about money and finance, social justice, marriage and divorce, sex, religion and politics, and other areas of life. Many of us pick and choose among them, feeling free to treat some of the Bible's moral rulings as absolutes but ignoring those we find unacceptable. Are there areas where we can ignore what the Bible says? Is the Bible is simply wrong about some things? Are we free to argue that we understand things better than the biblical writers did an so can disregard them? Or must we accept what the Bible tells us, no matter how difficult it might be to put into practice? Kraus explores questions of prosperity, treatment of enemies, the death penalty, economics, social justice, sexual behavior, and others."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Donald Kraus, executive editor for Bibles at Oxford University Press, has produced such high-profile projects as The Catholic Study Bible (first and second editions); The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha; The Jewish Study Bible; and The Jewish Annotated New Testament. He is author of Choosing a Bible and Sex, Sacrifice, Shame and Smiting.

Donald Kraus currently resides in Boston.

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Not just for Episcopalians  Feb 7, 2009
Episcopalian and Executive Editor for Bibles at Oxford University Press Donald Kraus has written a book with a clear agenda: To encourage readers on both sides of the "Gay marriage/Gay ordination" debate to sit down and seriously consider what the Bible is, what claims it makes on believers' lives, and how to uphold its primary ethical teachings without becoming foolishly (or fearfully) enslaved to ancient notions that might actually promote injustice or harm to others, values contrary to the Bible's core teachings.

First, this methodically paced and thoughtfully argued book is for any Christian concerned with seriously employing the Bible in the establishment of their personal ethic and as a guide for their life in the context of a faith community. Of the text's 151 pages, only the last couple deal with issues specific to the current divisions in the Episcopal Church. Evangelicals will be challenged by well selected examples of places where the Bible's seemingly clear-cut counsel on moral issues is no longer advocated (e.g., stoning disrespectful teenagers or requiring rapists to marry their victims). Liberals will be challenged to wrestle with what it means to affirm--with fellow Christians--the eternal authority of the Bible, rather than dismiss it as a sometimes transcendent but often flawed work of human fabrication. Kraus's establishment of the discussion in the larger biblical context of justice (the discussion of homosexuality does not begin until chapter 6) is what makes this volume such an important and irenic contribution to the literature on these issues. The tone of fairness and balance should be welcome by anyone who honestly struggles to reconcile a life of faith that takes the Bible seriously with their feelings for friends, coworkers, or family members who happen to be homosexual. Lesbians and gays who may have turned their back on their childhood religious upbringing because of negative teachings they were exposed to can read this book and expect their humanity to be taken seriously. The argumentation is sane and embracing--but thought-provoking and challenging as any adult conversation should be.

This is a book I read slowly and carefully with satisfaction and one I expect to return to from time to time. I've bought copies to share with friends. The book includes A Guide for Study and Discussion that church groups should find quite helpful.
 

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