Strange Flesh: Knust’s Unprotected Texts

Bob Cornwall (Ponderings on a Faith Journey) provides a review of Jennifer Wright Knust’s Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire (San Francisco: Harper One, 2011). He comments on Genesis 19; Genesis 6.1-4; and the inner-biblical reception of those texts in Jude 1.7:

Unprotected Texts - Knust
Unprotected Texts - Knust

personally I found the discussion in the chapter on “Strange Flesh” illuminating. In this chapter she deals with a number of issues that range from the Sodom Gomorrah story to the suggestion that the giants and “warriors of renown” were the children of unions between angels and human women. The latter isn’t all that new or controversial, but the suggestion that the issue in Sodom centered not on either homosexuality or hospitality, but the Sodomite’s yearning to mate with angels (that is strange flesh) was new to me and intriguing. She also deals with the question of the angels whom Paul is concerned about in 1 Corinthians 11. Paul suggests that women should be veiled “on account of the angels.” Could the issue be that the angels are watching and desiring these women? Remember too that the Corinthians were engaging in angelic speech.


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