Bible: Homosexuality
-In the Quran
-In the Book of Mormon

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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.

3. Saul and David

Saul and David had a rough and rocky relationship, with lots of intrigue, warfare, and murderous plots. But some say there was a softer side to it -- that David and Saul were actually lovers. It’s a strange tale that is seldom told and seldom believed. Much of the argument hinges upon a single verse:
David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer. 1 Samuel 16:21
According to Keith Sharpe in The Gay Gospels, armour bearers were young men that were chosen for their good looks, who served as homoerotic companions to the older soldiers who selected them.2. Saul selected David as his, saying to Jesse, David’s father:
Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight. 1 Samuel 16:22
But there’s more to it than that. Apparently verse 16:22 can be translated to read, “David came to Saul and had an erection before him.”3 It all depends upon a single assumed vowel in the Hebrew text.


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

  2. “The role of amour bearer at that time meant a lasting close emotional homoerotic bond that was established between an older warrior and a handsome younger male, chosen for his good looks, who would be his constant companion.” Keith Sharpe, The Gay Gospels: Good News for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered People, pp. 126-7.

  3. “The Hebrew of 16:21 could have originally been intended to read … ‘and he had an erection in his presence.’” Kamal Salibi, The Historicity of Biblical Israel, pp. 138-39.