Leviticus 18:22

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Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (ASV)


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This appears shortly after the reference to Moloch, a god suspected to have had human sacrifices. The apparantly anti-homosexual passages also occur in Deuteronomy where it is also nearby to a reference to the religious practices of surrounding religions. In particular the reference elsewhere to men not wearing womens clothing is thought to be a reference to certain known cult practices at the time, which involved the priests dressing as women and having "sacred" sexual intercourse with devotees.

Thus the passage should be regarded as an attack on foreign religion and not on homosexuality. This is particularly clear by the term translated "abomination" which is elsewhere purely used in clear reference to ritual practices. It is also made clear by the fact that Deuteronomy 22:30 reads "a man shall not.....nor uncover his father's skirt", which can be read as a condemnation of homosexual incest. That homosexual incest needs to be seperately condemned indicates that Leviticus 18:22 can't already have completely covered it, and therefore cannot be a reference to 100% of homosexual sexual activity.

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