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Books: Beowulf on the Beach (Part 2 of 2)

Tue, Jun 2, 2009

Books, Pop Culture

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Last week we did a Q&A with Jack Murnighan, author of Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature’s 50 Greatest Hits, about the sexiest stuff in classic literature. Today we’ve got the “What’s Sexy” section of his chapter on the New Testament, reprinted with his permission of course:

There’s not much that’s technically sexy in the New Testament, but since so many people’s chances for eternal happiness are at stake, I’m going to break down all the most important sex-related stuff:

  • On cheating: “Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). In this regard, the New Testament is harsher than the Old. Pity.
  • On homosexuality: “Vile affections … Women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another … to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:26-8). Based on what I’ve seen in the Greyhound men’s room, it’s not that inconvenient.

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