RELG 271 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Second Epistle To The Thessalonians, Books Of Samuel, Epistle To The Colossians

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Christianity and Sexuality
February 2, 2017
27 texts of the new testament:
o Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
o Church History: Acts of the Apostles
o Letters Attributed to Paul:
Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians,
1&2 Thessalonians, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
o Non-Pauline Letters:
Hebrews, James, 1&2 Peter, 3 Letters of John, Jude
o Apocalyptic Literature: Book of Revelations
Opening Overture
o Jesus Christ’s Genealogy
o Only 4 women listed
o Tamar involved in a scandal with Judah (Genesis 38)
Judah has 3 sons, 1st son marries Tamar and he dies
Obligation on the part of the brother to marry the widow and have children
with her children defined as the children of the 1st brother
This child will be 1st in line for inheritance
2nd brother doesn’t want to marry her but does sleep with Tamar a
number of times
God gets fed up with this and God kills Onan (2nd brother)
Judah sends Tamar back home because she killed two of his sons
Judah is visiting the town where Tamar lives. Tamar finds out about this
and dresses in a disguise and waits at the city gates. Judah sleeps with her
because thinks she’s a prostitute (incest in Jewish Law) Tamar becomes
pregnant
o Rahab Canaanite harlot of Jericho (Joshua 2)
Runs a brothel and betrays her city
Allowed to marry into the Jewish community
o Ruth not an Israelite, but a Moabite (Rush 1:4)
Follows this girl Naomi back to Israel and takes advantage of a drunk
Jewish man
o Bathsheba the wife of Uriah (2 Samuel. 11:1-12:23)
Most well-known of the 4 women mentioned
Married to an elite soldier in King David’s army
Homes placed right around the castle of the king
Uriah is off in battle; King David is not in battle. King sees Bathsheba
naked bathing and has guards go get her and King sleeps with her
Bathsheba sends word to the King that she’s pregnant and calls Uriah back
from battle and gives him a leave of absence to spend time with Bathsheba
but Uriah won’t sleep with Bathsheba because soldiers took a vow of
abstinence when in battle
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27 texts of the new testament: gospels: matthew, mark, luke, john, church history: acts of the apostles, letters attributed to paul: Romans, 1 & 2 corinthians, galatians, ephesians, philippians, colossians, 1&2 thessalonians, 1&2 timothy, titus, philemon: non-pauline letters: Hebrews, james, 1&2 peter, 3 letters of john, jude: apocalyptic literature: book of revelations. Opening overture: jesus christ"s genealogy, only 4 women listed, tamar involved in a scandal with judah (genesis 38) Judah has 3 sons, 1st son marries tamar and he dies. Obligation on the part of the brother to marry the widow and have children with her children defined as the children of the 1st brother. This child will be 1st in line for inheritance. 2nd brother doesn"t want to marry her but does sleep with tamar a number of times. God gets fed up with this and god kills onan (2nd brother) Judah sends tamar back home because she killed two of his sons.

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