Studies on Transvestism in Ancient Israel

Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor
of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

Deuteronomy 22:5 says: “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.”

The psychological anomaly of transvestism refers to the desire of a person of one gender to dress in the garments of a person of the other gender. In cross-dressing, a man has the abnormal desire to dress like a woman, and a woman desires to dress like a man.

The practice of transvestism was common in many religions of the ancient Near East. Transvestism came into Israel through the influence of Canaanite religion. However, does the law in Deuteronomy forbid a woman to wear pants in church?

The studies below deal with the problem of transvestism in ancient Israel. Several of the posts also deal with related issue, such as women wearing pants in church and whether or not Jesus wore pants.

Enjoy reading these posts.

Transvestism in Ancient Israel

Transvestism in Ancient Israel

Women, Pants, and Deuteronomy 22:5 – Part 1

Women, Pants, and Deuteronomy 22:5 – Part 2

Jesus Wore Pants

Women, Paris, and Pants

Women Wearing Pants: The Consequence

Did Jesus Wear a Dress?

NOTE: For other studies on syncretism in Israel and Judah, read my post Syncretism in the Old Testament.

Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary



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