SODOMY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis: Gen. 13:13 says: "The men of Sodom were wicked and sinners
exceedingly before the Lord."
COMMENT: In 19:5 the men of Sodom of every age seek sex with the angels
visiting Lot.They are struck blind in punishment. Cf. Judges 19:22-23.
Leviticus: Lv. 18:223: "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It
is an abomination." And 20:13: "If a man lies with a male as with a woman,
both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to
II Kings: 2 Kgs. 23:27. King Josiah destroyed the houses of the male cult
prostitutes. Cf. also I Kgs 14:24; 15:12; 22:46 and Wisdom 14:26.
IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
1 Cor 6:9-10: "Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom
of God? Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolators, nor the effeminate,
nor those who lie with males...will inherit the kingdom of God."
Romans 1:26-27: "For this reason God handed them over to dishonorable
passions, and their women exchanged their natural use for the unnatural.
And similaly the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned with
desire for one another, males working impropriety on males, and receiving
in themselves the pay which was proper for their wandering."
1 Tim 1:9-10: "Knowing this,that the law is not there for the righteous
man, but for lawless ones...sexually loose, those who lie with males...."
Jude 7: "Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which
likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an
example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire."
SODOMY IN OLD TESTAMENT PSEUDEPIGRAPHA
(From Charlesworth I)
2 (Slavonic Apocalypse of) Enoch. Late 1st cent.AD.:10.4. in J recension
Ch. I.118: "This place, Enoch, has been prepared for those who do not
glorify God, who practice on earth the sin which is against nature, which
is child corruption in the anus in the manner of Sodom...." (Provenance.
Charles said 1st cent. BC hellenized Jew in Alexandria; Milik said
Christian monk in Byzantium in 9th cent. AD).
2 Enoch J recension 34.2. Ch. I.258: And all the world will be reduced to
confusion by iniquities and wickednesses and abominable fornications that
is, friend with friend in the anus...."
Sibylline Oracles 2nd cent. BC to 7th cent AD. Introduction by J. J.
Collins, p. 323 of Charlesworth I: "All forms of sexual offences are
condemned, but special reproach is poured on homosexuality. It should be
noted that the sexual polemics usually are not inspired by asceticism but
rather by a concern for the natural law.....while both polemic against
idolatry and against homosexuality are typical features of Jewish
apologetics, both can also be paralleled amply in the preachings of gentile
Sibyllines II.73 (part of Extract from Pseudo-Phocylides--latter in
Charlesworth II. pp. 565-82. Editor there, P. W. Van der Horst, on pp. 567-
68 favors date 50 BC -100 AD, and probably by an Alexandrian Jew.): "Do not
practice homosexuality". (From Ch. I.347)
Sibyllines III.597 . Ch. I.375. Prob. date 163-45 BC. Prob. Alexandrian
Jewish. "They [Jews] do not engage in impious intercourse with male
Sibyllines IV.34. Ch. I. 384-85. Probably from Hellenistic age, updated by
a Jew in late first century AD. No sign of Christian redaction in it.
"Neither have they [the righteous] disgraceful desire for another's spouse,
or for hateful and repulsive abuse of a male."
Sibyllines V.167. Ch. I.397. Between 70 & 132 AD. Christian redaction of
this section unlikely. "With you [Rome] are found adulteries and illicit
intercourse with boys."(Cf. ibid. lines 386 & 430).
Testament of Levi 17.11. Ch. I.794. .Prob. 2nd century BC. "In the seventh
week there will come priests: idolators, adulterers, money lovers,
arrogant, lawless, voluptaries, pederasts, those who practice bestiality."
Testament of Naphtali 3.5. Ch. I.812. 2nd cenury BC. "But you, my children
shall not be like that:...so that you do not become like Sodom, which
departed from the order of nature."
Testament of Benjamin 9.1. Cf. I.827. 2nd century BC. "From the words of
Enoch the Righteous I will tell you that you will be sexually promiscuous
like the promiscuity of the Sodomites and will perish."
Testament of Isaac 5.27. Ch. I.909. Second century AD. Probably originally
from Egyptian Judaism, but shows pronounced Christian elements. "The angel
said to me, 'Look at the bottom to observe those whom you see at the lowest
depth. They are the ones who have committed the sin of Sodom; truly, they
were due a drastic punishment."
Testament of Jacob 5.8 & 7.19-20. Ch. I.916 & 917 Second- Thd cent. AD?
Seems Christian in origin. "They were prepared to torment the sinners, who
are these: adulterers, male and female; those lusting after males...." "
For the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God, nor will the
adulterers, nor the accursed, nor those who commit outrages and have sexual
intercourse with males..."
ADDENDUM ON MEDICAL DATA:
1. Journal of the American Medical Association 1984.251.237-41, comments
that the vagina has a multiple layer of epithelium, so that it is designed
for repeated penetration, while the anus has only a single layer. Adds that
the use of the anus expedites the development of antibodies in the blood,
which can impair the immune system.
Same article, p. 241 reports that a study of monogamous, i.e., not
promiscuous---homosexuals showed that three-fourth of the passive partners
showed sperminduced immune dysregulation.
"Science" magazine, 1984.224.390-92 reports that rectal insemination of
rabbits altered their immune responses, even without addition of the AIDS
WAS THERE SODOMY IN SODOM?
NAB in note on 18.20 said Israelite tradition on the sin of Sodom varied:
Isaiah 1.9f and 3.9 said it was lack of social justice- Ezek 16, 46-51 said
it was disregard for poor--Jere 23.14 said it was general immorality.
Isa 1.9-31 does speak of social justice sins--but it does not say that the
sin of Sodom was the same, it merely addresses Zion thus: "Hear the word of
the Lord, you rulers of Sodom. Give ear to the teaching of our God, you
people of Gomorrah." They are said to be as wicked as the two cities- does
not say it is same sin.
Isa 3.9: "they proclaim their sin like Sodom, they do not hide it."--Same
comment as above.
Ezek.16.44-51: "Behold, everyone who uses proverbs will use this proverb
about you. Like mother, like daughter....Your mother was a Hittite and your
father an Amorite...your younger sister is Sodom with her daughters. Yet
you were not content to walk in their ways, or do according to their
abominations; within a very little time you were more corrupt then they in
all your ways. As I live, says the Lord God, your sister Sodom and her
daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. Behold, this
was the guilt of you sister Sodom: she and her daughers had pride, surfeit
of food and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy."
COMMENT: Jerusalem the city really had been a Hittite and Amorite city. But
this is an allegory. Jerusalem is now worse than the pagans. The great
luxury of Sodom led to its sexual immorality- a common sequence. So this
does not deny that the sin of Sodom had been Sodomy. This is means of
saying Jerusalem is more wicked.
Jer 23.14: "But in the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing:
they commit adultery and walk in lies; they strengthen the hands of
evildoers, so that no one turns from his wickedness; all of them have
become like Sodom to me, and its inhabitants like Gomorrah."
COMMENT: Again it is merely a comparison, it does not say that the sin of
Sodom had been the same as that of Jerusalem- rather, Jerusalem is worse