A Talk with Saul Olyan

Event Date: 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • HSSB 4080

Event Contact: 


Saul Olyan


Any attempt to reconstruct biblical views of consensual male homoerotic sexual relations must contend with three texts: the restrictive laws of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 and David's praise of Jonathan's love for him in 2 Sam 1:26. Though Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 are often assumed to proscribe all male homoerotic sexual relations, a reconsideration of their terminology and syntax suggests that their precise meaning is more restricted. Similarly, a contextual analysis of the Hebrew idioms used in David's lament leads to some striking observations.

Sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies, Lecture Series on Gender and Sexuality