Sexual Studies, Biblical Studies...
|Title||:||Dirt Greed & Sex|
|Number of Pages||:||304 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Dirt Greed & Sex Reviews
Excellent book for those with an interest in Leviticus and modern sexual ethics (and who doesn't have an interest in that, right?). Countryman does a great job of examining the purity code and the ethic of sexual property in the context of Old Testament sexual ethics. He then looks at how the New Testament approaches these core ethics (and in some cases, upends them) and what that means for modern Christians, who live in a vastly different culture. This book is well-documented but doesn't read like you have to be a Bible scholar. A must read for anyone trying to determine a contemporary sexual ethic with an eye toward the Bible.
This book changed my life in every way. This cannot be an actual review, because I read this book 14 years ago. I am adding it to my pile to re-read, and perhaps after I do, I will be able to provide a thoughtful review. What I can say without re-reading it, though, is that this book completely upended my belief system, and as a result, my life, by leading me to reexamine through a historical lens everything I had been raised to believe about religion, God, Christianity, men, and women. Ultimately, I have revised or discarded completely almost all of those beliefs (but not my core values, which have become stronger in the process). In addition to triggering that difficult, rocky, treacherous, and exhausting but rewarding journey, which continues to this day, this book, more than any other, taught me that every story has another side, and (at the risk of sounding trite) that the unexamined belief isn't worth believing.
I skimmed much of this book, so I read it in the loose sense of the word. It was enlightening about our cultural roots of taboos, and Jesus's departure from the old mores in the New Testament by putting compassion above rules. Countyman makes some leaps in the last chapter that I would say I agree with, though I can see how they are arguable in a Christian framework. Definitely provocative and worth investigating.
Discusses the ideas of purity and property in the New Testament in the context of the cultural understandings of the time, which are often quite different from what the ideas appear to mean in the context of our own culture today. I found his discussion of the laws in Leviticus particularly eye-opening.
Lots of dirt and greed, not so much sex. Kind of a let down in that respect. Although the author does assert that we can't rule out bestiality on a scriptural basis. ;)