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The Erotic Word: Sexuality, Spirituality, and the Bible

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Historically, the Bible has been used to drive a wedge between the spirit and the body. In this provocative book, David Carr argues that it can--and should--do just the opposite. Sexuality and spirituality, Carr contends, are intricately interwoven: when one is improverished, the other is warped. As a result, the journey toward God and the life-long engagement with our own sexual embodiment are inseparable. Humans, the Bible tells us, both male and female, were created in God's image, and eros--a fundamental longing for connection that finds abstract good in the pleasure we derive from the stimulation of the senses--is a central component of that image. The Bible, particularly the Hebrew Bible, affirms erotic passion, both eros between humans and eros between God and humans. In a sweeping examination of the sexual rules of the Bible, Carr asserts that Biblical "family values" are a far cry from anything promoted as such in contemporary politics. He concludes that passionate love--our preoccupaton therewith and pursuit thereof--is the primary human vocation, that eros is in fact the flavoring of life.

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Historically, the Bible has been used to drive a wedge between the spirit and the body. In this provocative book, David Carr argues that the Bible affirms erotic passion. Sexuality and spirituality, he contends, are intricately interwoven; the journey toward God and the life-long engagement with our own sexual embodiment are inseparable.

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David Carr is Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary.

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ISBN:
9780195181623
Author:
Carr, David M.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, David M.
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Bible - Criticism Interpretation - General
Subject:
Sexuality & Gender Studies
Subject:
Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - General
Subject:
Theology | Biblical Studies | Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Biblical Studies | Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Biblical Studies | Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Subject:
Christianity-Biblical Criticism
Series Volume:
Vol. 78
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 figures
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.28x6.36x.67 in. .77 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Historically, the Bible has been used to drive a wedge between the spirit and the body. In this provocative book, David Carr argues that the Bible affirms erotic passion. Sexuality and spirituality, he contends, are intricately interwoven; the journey toward God and the life-long engagement with our own sexual embodiment are inseparable.
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