Interpreting the Bible through a Bent Lens
This introductory chapter describes the Hebrew Bible, particularly its first five books written by Moses—the Torah. The Hebrew Bible, sacred to nearly half the world's population, infuses the myths, politics, literature, art, and daily language of billions of people across the globe. Jews divide it into three main sections, one of which is the Torah. This section has been interpreted and reinterpreted ever since it was canonized in the 6th to 5th centuries BCE. The book presents the traditional rabbinic elite interpretations of the Bible, as well as the scholarly queer interpretation of the Bible, to voice out issues of social injustice experienced by the LGBT people.
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