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date: 30 November 2020

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Broadly speaking, one can initially describe LGBTIQ strategies of interpretation as traveling along three trajectories, taking historical-contextual, affirmative-identifying, or queerly critical routes. This essay explores all three strategies. It then argues that when and where LGBTIQ strategies of interpretation do find institutional homes, whether in the church or the academy, one should also find modes for critical reflexivity, particularly to guard against co-optation, accommodation, or complicity. These dynamics require mixing and messing with simple divisions, including those that this essay relies on: attending to historical contexts differently, reflecting on identifications carefully but creatively, and theorizing more eclectically, persistently, and (ultimately) promiscuously.

Keywords: LGBTIQ, homosexuality, historical criticism, gay-affirmative, identification, queer, transgendering, eunuch, Whore of Babylon

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