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Book review: Ellens, J. Harold Sex in the Bible: A New Consideration Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality Westport, Ct.: Praeger, 2006. Pp. xxiii + 183. Hardcover. $44.95. ISBN 0275987671.

Loader, W.R.G. (2009) Book review: Ellens, J. Harold Sex in the Bible: A New Consideration Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality Westport, Ct.: Praeger, 2006. Pp. xxiii + 183. Hardcover. $44.95. ISBN 0275987671. Review of Biblical Literature (6).

Abstract

This work by J. Harold Ellens, currently Rese arch Scholar at the University of Michigan, Department of Near Eastern Studies, and former Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology, and founding editor of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, belongs to a series concerned with the interface between psychology, religion, and spirituality, written for the general reader. Ellens, also the series editor, describes his own contribution as “an urgent and timely work, the motivation for which is surely endorsed enthusiastically by the entire world today, as we increasingly witness the progressive unfolding of the horror of sexual abuse and other forms of sexual aberration in all societies on this planet, particularly in religious communities” (x). An enthusiastic foreword by Donald Capps underlines Ellens’s competence not only as a biblical scholar but also as a clinical psychologist with years of experience. A preface by Wayne Rollins assures us that this book will “scotch” the “widespread impression, both within and outside Judeo-Christian tradition, that the Bible is down on sex” (xix)...

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
Copyright: 2009 by the Society of Biblical Literature
Publishers Website: http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/6856_7428.pdf
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/22173
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