Leviticus 18:22

Here we have the fifth use of abomination, in the line of scripture most quoted by opponents of homosexuality.

This raises the question: Just how bad is it to be an abomination?

Previous scriptures identifying abominations refer to eating creatures of the water that don't have scales and fins (Leviticus 11:10), eating certain birds (Leviticus 11:13), eating things that creep (Leviticus 11:41), or eating the flesh of a sacrifice on (or presumably after) the third day. Eventually Deuteronomy 22:5 will add to this list with a woman wearing a man's clothing, and Proverbs 11:1 will include using an unfair set of scales in commerce.

In this kind of company, is homosexuality really all that bad?

Apparently it is, because while association with abominations in Leviticus 7:21 requires that the sinner be cut off from others (for an unknown duration, though other instances of being cut off have been known to be resolved after a week), Leviticus 20:13 says that homosexuals are to be put to death.

However, Biblical scholar Idan Dershowitz, in his paper Revealing Nakedness and Concealing Homosexual Intercourse: Legal and lexical Evolution in Leviticus 18, the author argues that the prohibition of homosexual acts wasn't even included in the first versions of Leviticus. (You can read an explanation of his paper in The New York Times as well.)

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