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  •  A Greek scholar told me (4+ / 0-)

    the word translated as "homosexual" in Victorian times was actually the word for slave trader.

    The concept of a variation of sexuality didn't exist in Biblical times.

    They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol

    by 1864 House on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 10:40:43 AM PDT

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    •  What are you basing that last statement on? (0+ / 0-)
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        librarisingnsf, laurnj, Wee Mama

        a class taught by a Biblical history professor, ordained Presbyterian minister who is also fluent in Greek. He said gay sex was just considered another sex act; there was not a word in that time that described a homosexual orientation. There was a word (and I'm sorry, but I'm not able to remember it) that described a long-term same sex relationship that could have been used in the Biblical exhortations against male-male sex, but it was not. The word used was the one used for someone who trafficked in slaves.

        So, in essence, in Biblical times, you might have same-sex sexual relations, but it was something you did, not who you were.

        They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol

        by 1864 House on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 03:06:54 PM PDT

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