[B-Greek] ARSENOKOITHS used of women
nyland at tsn.cc
Wed Mar 16 00:39:24 EST 2005
It occurs with women as the receptors in Migne Patrologia Graeca 82. The 6th
c. astrologer Rhetorius Aegyptius also used the term as women with the
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From: "Eric Weiss" <papaweiss1 at yahoo.com>
To: "b-greek" <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 1:03 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] ARSENOKOITHS: Did I get this right?
> The Old Testament seems to prohibit sexual acts between two males (indeed,
> the term
> ARSENOKOITHS, if coined by Paul, may have come from the LXX of Leviticus
> 18:22, I
> understand). I'm not referring to the Sodom and Gomorrah passages in
> Genesis and Ezekiel
> which have been bandied back and forth elsewhere as to what they are
> referring to, just to the
> seeming explicit prohibition in Leviticus 18 in both the Hebrew and LXX.
> So ... in the midst of this discussion we're having, is there sufficient
> lexical or semantic
> knowledge of the meanings or likely meanings of ARSENOKOITHS and MALAKOS
> for us to
> conclude that Paul was referring to sexual acts between males when he used
> these terms? I'm
> not asking whether or not the term "homosexual" is a proper translation of
> one or both of these
> terms, as that seems to raise the issue of whether or not "homosexual" as
> understood by us
> is a proper term for 1st-century views and mindsets. What I'm asking is:
> Is it proper and likely to translate these words (or at least
> ARSENOKOITHS) as "a man who has sex with another
> man"? And if so, is there enough knowledge of the term(s) to say that it
> refers to 1) any man who has or had sex at any time with another man?
> 2) Or just to men who regularly have sex with other men?
> 3) Or just to men who have sex exclusively with other men?
> Eric S. Weiss
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