Bible Review 10:2, April 1994

How Not to Read the Bible

I am not for homosexuality, but I am for homosexuals. When the Bible is distorted to make God their enemy I must speak out to set the record straight.

By Jacob Milgrom

Bible Review

Judging from the number of letters it provoked, my previous columna obviously struck a nerve with many people. A representative sample appears in the Readers Reply section, together with my responses. The letters of Joanna Saidel and Donald Wold, however, require a longer response, and I will devote this column to answering them at some length.

Ms. Saidel makes three points: 1. Though Sodomites were non-Israelites, they were destroyed for their homosexuality; 2. Subsequent “Sodomites” were purged by King Asa and his son Jehoshaphat (1 Kings 15:12; 22:47); 3. Non-Israelite nations residing in the Land of Israel were expelled because of their sexual immorality, including homosexuality (Leviticus 18:24–30).

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