THE SEXUALITY OF JESUS by William E. Phipps

THE SEXUALITY OF JESUS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

William Phipps is the author of the recent, controversial work which hypothesized that Jesus was probably married (Was Jesus Married?). The present study is a sequel to that book. The first part attempts to reconstruct the quality of Jesus' sexuality within the cultural context of his era; the second focuses on the non-Jewish interpreters of sexuality, from the ancient Greeks to Luther, Erasmus, and Kierkegaard; and the final section draws upon the principal -- indeed almost the only -- material on Jesus' sexuality produced in the post-Reformation epoch -- namely the works of Blake, Lawrence, and Nikos Kazantzakis. Phipps insists throughout on the essential and total humanity of the historical Jesus, upon the presence in Jesus of a complete, and therefore sexual, human nature -- a fact, he points out, of which Jesus himself was no less aware than his followers and contemporaries. The inferences therefrom are clearly drawn, with respect to the faculties traditionally ascribed to Jesus: omniscience, omnipotence, etc. Among theologians, Phipps' book will certainly meet no less resistance, and be no less acclaimed, than Was Jesus Married?. Its market, therefore, will be restricted to the same, relatively small, circle of readers.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1973
ISBN: 1608995801
Publisher: Harper & Row