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Rival Plans for God’s Sexual Program in the Pentateuch and Paul

Kathy L. Gaca

in The Making of Fornication

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520235991
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520235991.003.0005
Rival Plans for God’s Sexual Program in the Pentateuch and Paul

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This chapter examines fornication and other forms of sexual rebellion against God in the Septuagint and Paul, and the sexual behavior that they designate as safe and permissible. It also investigates why Paul and his supporters have for centuries been urging Christians to run from the Thing like deer from all-consuming flames. The chapter provides an account of the religious sexual principles that Paul, Tatian, and Clement advocate from Septuagint and leave as their legacy for Christianized society to contend with. The Septuagint prescribes two measures to remove the danger of syncretistic marriage from the midst of the Lord's people. Paul upholds the Septuagint principle of religious endogamy and its strict protectionism, though he imparts an inchoate Christian direction to it. The Septuagint Pentateuch offers a potent but morally problematic rationale for eliciting compliance with the First Commandment and its corollary of biblical endogamy across generations.

Keywords: God; Septuagint; Paul; Tatian; Clement; Pentateuch; sexual program; religious endogamy; protectionism; Christian

Chapter.  22672 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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