Bible rewritten, originally ‘expressly’ permitted homosexuality- Harvard scholar Idan Dershowwitz

Bible rewritten, originally ‘expressly’ permitted homosexuality- Harvard scholar Idan Dershowwitz

The original version of Leviticus expressly permitted gay sex, a Biblical scholar writes in the New York Times

Idan Dershowitz, a Harvard fellow and student of development of the Old Testament, wrote in New York Times that originally the Bible ‘expressly’ permitted gay sex. He said that it was added a century later the original text was written, also claiming that this was the first law to ever exist that condemned homosexuality.

“Like many ancient texts, Leviticus was created gradually over a long period and includes the words of more than one writer. Many scholars believe that the section in which Leviticus 18 appears was added by a comparatively late editor, perhaps one who worked more than a century after the oldest material in the book was composed,” he writes, referring to Leviticus 20:13 which reads that “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”

“There is good evidence that an earlier version of the laws in Leviticus 18 permitted sex between men. In addition to having the prohibition against same-sex relations added to it, the earlier text, I believe, was revised in an attempt to obscure any implication that same-sex relations had once been permissible.” he writes.

His ‘strong evidence of editorial intervention’ is based solely on textual analysis of the Bible.

Source: The New York Times

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