Gentile Christians and the Holiness Code



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Non sequitur

The apostle's letter to the Gentiles (Acts 15:22-29) includes both dietary laws and abstaining from porneia, more correctly interpreted as sexuality immorality in the Common English Bible. It was understood by First Century Gentile Christians that incest and bestiality would be included in porneia, as this phrase has multiple meanings in the Greek, that included incest (1 Corinthians 5:1). However, I have questions about the presupposition of bestiality in this context.

Odell Horne 137 days ago

God is holy and expects us to be holy.

He is talking about Gentile Christians being exempted from Dietary Laws. There was no mention of homosexuality in that section (Leviticus 17) because it was considered inconceivable.

Skipper 138 days ago

That cuts out half of the homosexuality argument

So now we are what, down to only a particular reference from Paul that probably speaks more to pederasty than to actual homosexuality.

No wonder it's quiet in here.

Odell, thanks very much for the article and the references!

JR 141 days ago


If we toss out the Holiness Code as only applicable to Israel (and disregard Jesus' constitution of the church as an extension of--but not replacement for--Israel), then we must also toss God's proscriptions with respect to incest and bestiality, for they are found in the surrounding verses with identical context.

John 138 days ago

Oxford Biblical Studies website

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Odell Horne 142 days ago

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