- Sexual differentiation is explained in the creation narratives as part of God's design for humanity. It is good; and it is necessary for the continuation of the race. It is expressed in OT narratives in polygamy (1 Kgs. 11:1–3), concubinage (Gen. 16:1–4), and Levirate marriage (Deut. 25:5–10). Divorce was permissible (Deut. 24:1–4); homosexual acts were not (Lev. 18:22). The emphasis throughout was on the production of future generations and the birth of children showed the divine favour (Ps. 127:3–5). But the Song of Songs is a witness to the worth of erotic love in itself without reference to marriage.The NT teaching is conditioned by an expectation of the possible end of the world and the consummation of the Kingdom, which lent a negative view on human, temporal relationships which could distract from the imperatives of expectation (1 Cor. 7:31). However, the Gnostic [[➝ Gnosticism]] view that the material world is evil and the body and its passions to be denied is firmly rejected (Col. 2:20–3; 1 Tim. 5:23; Heb. 13:4), but Paul is aware that passions do not have unrestricted moral licence (Rom. 1:24–7).
Dictionary of the Bible.
Look at other dictionaries:
Sexuality — may refer to: *Sexuality (biology) *Sexuality (gender) *Sexuality (orientation) *Animal sexuality *Human sexuality *Human female sexuality *Human male sexuality *Plant sexualityIn music: * Sexuality (Rihanna song) * Sexuality (Prince song), from… … Wikipedia
Sexuality — Sex u*al i*ty, n. The quality or state of being distinguished by sex. Lindley. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
sexuality — 1800, вЂњaction of being sexual;вЂќ see SEXUAL (Cf. sexual) + ITY (Cf. ity). Meaning вЂњcapability of sexual feelingsвЂќ is from 1879. Meaning sexual identity is by 1980 … Etymology dictionary
sexuality — ► NOUN (pl. sexualities) 1) capacity for sexual feelings. 2) a person s sexual orientation or preference … English terms dictionary
sexuality — [sek΄sho͞o al′ə tē] n. 1. the state or quality of being sexual 2. a) interest in or concern with sex b) sexual drive or activity … English World dictionary
sexuality — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ female, male ▪ human ▪ gay, lesbian ▪ overt ▪ Her overt sexuality shocked … Collocations dictionary
Sexuality — Despite significant interest in the gender of shamans, the importance of sexuality in shamanic being and performance is commonly overlooked or diminished. In those cultures where shamanic initiation and roles involve marital relationships with … Historical dictionary of shamanism
sexuality — [[t]se̱kʃuæ̱lɪti[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT: oft poss N A person s sexuality is their sexual feelings. In Britain, the growing discussion of women s sexuality raised its own disquiet. 2) N UNCOUNT: oft poss N You can refer to a person s sexuality when you … English dictionary
sexuality — noun (U) the things people do and feel that are connected with their desire or ability to have sex: Sexuality was never discussed. | male/female sexuality: a study of male sexuality … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
sexuality — n. human sexuality * * * human sexuality … Combinatory dictionary
sexuality — sex|u|al|i|ty [ˌsekʃuˈælıti] n [U] the things people do, think, and feel that are related to their sexual desires male/female sexuality ▪ a study of male sexuality … Dictionary of contemporary English