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Genesis Deflowered

Posted 10/17/2013 12:42pm by Eugene Wyatt.

"In the beginning was the word..." John 1:1. Language has always been important in the Bible but Matthew Stillman's gentle elucidation of the sexuality already wrought in Genesis got his home vandalized. Having just read Proust's Sodom and Gomorrah I was curious to see how Stillman handled what may be considered a more volatile subject, homosexuality.

The men of Sodom surround Lot's house:

Genesis 19:5

And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

(NRSV: know them, NIV: have sex with them, NJB: have intercourse with them).

Lot refused to give his visitors (actually angels) to the men of Sodom and, instead, he offered them his two virgin daughters "which have not known man"...(the virgin daughters were refused). After Wikipedia

Hmm... Know, known? "In the beginning was the word..." then I suppose came opinion; see the NRSV, NIV and NJB readings above. Stillman doesn't touch this issue; he leaves unchanged know and known which are to be found in the King James version of the Bible that he modified. 

Genesis Deflowered is a gentle and faithful read; an excellent way to start reading the Bible, either for its literary value, your curiosity or for religious interests. At Amazon in Kindle or paperback.