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Possibly Gay Bible Stories


From Chapter 4 of Strange Flesh: The Bible and Homosexuality
I believe that it is fun to play with the Scriptures to see what they might hold for us if we are willing to use our imagination. -Thomas Bohache1
The Bible is a big book that is filled with stories. So it’s not surprising that some of them involve, or appear to involve, homosexuality in one way or another. In most cases, though, it’s a matter of interpretation (and imagination). So let your imagination run wild as you read these stories. Imagination is often the key to a gay interpretation.

5. Elijah stretched himself on the child three times

When Elijah was staying at a widow’s house, her son became ill and died.
The son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. 1 Kings 17:17
Elijah told the woman to give him the dead child. He then took the boy to his room and laid him on his bed.
And he [Elijah] said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. 17:19
Elijah then stretched himself upon the child three times, and asked God to bring him back to life.2
And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again. 17:21

And God heard him and cured the boy.

And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. 1 Kings 17:22
Here is Keith Sharpe’s response in The Gay Gospels:
Why does Elijah insist on doing this in private, and why does he get on top of the boy three times? … Obviously it looks like some kind of sexual act which might be real or simulated.3
Theodore Jennings suspects that the boy’s warming flesh was an erection, like old King David’s heat in 1 Kings 1:1-4.
After the first intimate action in Elisha’s bed, we are told that the lad’s flesh becomes warm. … [T]he warming of the body by bodily proximity seems to aim at sexual arousal as the sign of bodily vitality.4

  1. Thomas Bohache, “To Cut or Not to Cut” in Take Back the Word: A Queer Reading of the Bible, p.228.

  2. A similar story is told about Paul in Acts with the reviving of Eutychus.
    Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. Acts 20:10
  3. Keith Sharpe, The Gay Gospels: Good News for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered People, p. 132.

  4. Theodore Jennings, Jr., Jacob's Wound: Homoerotic Narrative in the Literature of Ancient Israel, 103.