Sunday, April 03, 2005

today on the history channel they aired a fun show on sexuality in biblical times (augmented by lots of 19th century paintings featuring perky breasts and breathily narrated by kathleen turner, no less.)

not only did they hit all the stories i secretly read during my dad's sermons when i was a kid (abraham/sarah/hagar, david and bathsheba, amnon and his sister, tamara and judah, lot and his daughters, the whole song of solomon) they made this interesting dichotomy between the old and new testaments: old = sex is great and it's even better when you do it with your mate(though they didn't get to ruth and what happened with old boaz out there in that field); new = sex is ... ok and if you don't want it you don't have to, in fact don't do it, but if you can't not do it, then you better be married, cuz if you don't then you're like a roman whore.

oh, and apparently paul and augustine totally messed us up. totally.

7 comments:

Wasp Jerky said...

The History Channel is one of those things I really miss about having cable. Any mention of minor prophets and their prostitute wives?

ding said...

ooh, no (really? prostitute wives?). but they spent a lot of time on that whole tamara on the side of the road with judah thing.

hot, i tell you.

Songbird said...

Ah, Gomer. Her romance with Hosea is unparalleled.

ding said...

yikes. you're right. gomer.

they skipped right over it.

Lee said...

Hi, sweet Delia. Your reading pleasure of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible is sure to be improved once you know that "feet" was a common euphemism in ancient Hebrew for genitalia. Check out the Ruth-Boaz story again and
enjoy! (E.g., she uncovers his feet, lays at them until morning, he awakens and finds her at his feet, etc.)

Lee
lbehlman@ksu.edu

lee said...

P.S. I'm imagining you now running through a concordance, finding every reference to "feet" in the Bible stories and giggling.

ding said...

lee,
you know me too well.
(psst. and i'm ding!)