The July-August cover story of Christianity Today deals with the topic “Grappling with the God of Two Testaments.” One of the articles in the issue is by Christopher J. H. Wright titled “Learning to Love Leviticus.” The article contains a sidebar in which Wright deals with sex in Leviticus.
Below is an excerpt from the article:
The law in Leviticus prohibiting sexual intercourse between men (18:22) comes in the same book that contains laws prohibiting foods that Israelites were to consider unclean (chapter 11). We eat shellfish today without any moral problems, so why should we treat this sex law as morally binding? Haven’t we outgrown all of that Levitical law anyway? Christians who insist on the sexual laws of the Bible are being inconsistent in not keeping all the other laws too. So goes one line of argument in modern debates about homosexuality. To this, three things must be said.
The three things Wright discusses about the law dealing with sexual intercourse between men is very relevant to the proper interpretation and the application of the laws of Leviticus to today’s society. The article is worth reading and I encourage you to read it by visiting Christianity Today online.
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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