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Homosexuality in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament)


Leviticus 18:22

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This verse is one of the famous six "clobber" passages from the Bible that is often used to condemn same-sex sexual activity.

In the King James Version, Leviticus 18:22 is translated: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."

Although the verse appears to most readers to apply only to sexual behavior between two males, at least two Bible translations appear to mistranslate the verse in order to widen its scope to include lesbian sexual activity:

bullet Living Bible: "Homosexuality is absolutely forbidden, for it is an enormous sin"

bullet New Living Translation: "Do not practice homosexuality; it is a detestable sin.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Context and analysis of Leviticus 18:22

bullet Translations and interpretations of Leviticus 18:22 Part 1; Part 2

bullet The Mosaic Code & the Hebrew word "To'ebah" (Often translated as "abomination")

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Latest update: 2016-JAN-12
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