Homosexuality and the Bible
presented by Rev Brent Hawkes
Rev. Brent Hawkes is a retired Canadian pastor of 40 years from Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto. Rev. Hawkes discusses issues that address homosexuality and the Bible. Each video is short 3-5 min. It would be best to start with video one and watch them in numerical order.
Homosexuality and the Bible, An Introduction
What does scripture say to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Two-Spirited or Inquiring people and our allies? Is there good news for LGBT people?
Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 2
What is the Bible? How did politics and thought of the 4th century CE influence the Bible. How did the Emperor Constantine and St. Jerome impact the 66 books that make up the bible?
Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 3
The Christian church has made terrible mistakes about homosexuality. For starters, there are many different versions and translations of the Bible and this becomes important when we look at passages that have been used to condemn GLBT people.
Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 4
If you find this topic interesting, here are some books to consider:
1. “The New Testament and Homosexuality” by Robin Scroggs
2. “Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality” by John Boswell
3. “Is the Homosexual My Neighbour?” by Letha Scanzoni and Virginia Mollencott
4. “The Church and the Homosexual” and “Taking a Chance on God” by John J McNeil
5. “Jonathan Loved David” by Tom Horner
Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 5
Does the Bible condemn Homosexuality? Is it a clear cut case, or not? Let’s look at translations of 1 John 4:19 specifically the King James Version (KJV) compared to the Revised Standard Version (RSV). Some thoughts are from Calvin and St. Augustine on the interpretation of the scripture, and some variations are shared within the story of Noah.
Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 6
If the bible condemns homosexuality, is it the same homosexuality we think of today or not? Things change. It's no longer bad to eat shell fish. Women can now wear red. Although Jesus condemned divorce, what sort of divorce did he condemn?
Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 7
This video examines some Bible verses which have been used against LGBT people. Specifically it looks at Deuteronomy 23:17-18 in the King James Version which was published in 1611 and compares it to the more modern scholarship of the Revised Standard Version of 1952. In particular it discusses the original Hebrew usage of the words Gadesh and Gadeshah (male and female temple prostitutes) and the mistranslation of these in the King James Version of the Bible. Similar passages occur in the Bible in 1st Kings 14:22-24 1st Kings 15:12 1st Kings 22:46 and 2nd Kings 23:7 Hebrew illustrations are from The NIV interlinear Hebrew-English Old Testament, published by Zondervan 1987. Temple prostitution, of course, has not been practiced for millennia and has nothing to do with adult same sex relationships.
Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 8
The Story of Sodom and Gomorrah is in Genesis 19: 4-11 with a similar story in Judges 19:22. This scripture has been reinterpreted to be used against GLBT people. Sodom was destroyed for its inhospitality to strangers. Much of the misinterpretation of this scripture hinges on the word 'yaddah' to know (here it is v.neydah the second person plural future of yaddah). At most this passage could be interpreted as an admonition agains rape.
Homosexuality and the Bible, Part 9
What does the Bible say about Homosexuality? In this video we look at 2 scriptures which have been misinterpreted and used against LGBT people. Specifically we look at Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13-14