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Lesbian Interpretation of the Bible

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018


Rebecca Alpert

Lesbians, as we know them today, are not mentioned in the HB/OT. This is not surprising, as the term, as it is commonly used in our time to refer to women who love and make their primary life commitment to other women, did not come into usage until the early 20th century. There is no question, however, that sexual activity between people of the same sex was known in ancient times. What is surprising is that, unlike sexual acts between men that are prohibited in the book of Leviticus, female hom…

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