IS THE BIBLE AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY?
A scholarly response on what the Hebrew and Aramaic Bible says concerning LGBTI people.
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When the word sodomite is used as a translation from the Hebrew text, it needs to be understood as a male prostitute and a pagan minister. Interestingly, the word Sodom originally didn't carry any meaning dealing with homosexuality or anal sex. The word Sodom comes from the Hebrew word Sed-om, which means: "to scorch." It's the infinitive pronunciation of the word sa-dam "it scorched (burnt)." James Strong lists it as meaning: to scorch; burnt (i.e. volcanic or bituminous) district [Strong’s Exh. Conc. of the Bible]. Our understanding of sodomy (sodomia) as anal sex is a Latin and English definition which comes from the story of Sodom.
The New Strong's Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible James Strong LL. D, S.T.D.6945. [6x] , kaw-dashe’; from 6942; a (quasi) sacred person, i.e. (tech.) a (male)devotee (by prostitution) to licentious idolatry:- sodomite [5x], unclean [1x]. Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible by Jeff A. BennerQede-sha – A female prostitute set aside for a special purpose.Qa-desh – A male prostitute set aside for a special purpose.Qa-dash – To set someone or something apart for a special purpose.
Note: A qede-sha (f.) and qa-desh (m.) literally mean "a holy one" or "a person set apart for a special purpose;" and hence "a prostitute." Both words in their proper gender appear in the Samaritan Targum as qad-di-shah (f. - "a holy female, prostitute) and qad-dish (m. - "a holy man, prostitute"). This is old Aramaic.
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