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date: 16 May 2021

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This chapter examines the themes of sex and sexuality in the Hebrew Bible. The Hebrew Bible presents and promotes a heteronormative view of sexuality. The central idea behind the notion of heteronormativity is that heterosexuality is the norm and that any other form of sexual desire, expression, or relationship is abnormal and wrong. Heterosexuality is made to appear natural and normative in the Hebrew Bible through a focus on procreation and a recognition of only two biological sexes and corresponding two genders—male and female / man and woman—in biblical narratives. This chapter considers the strategies used by the Hebrew Bible to construct paternity, including the narrative motif of female barrenness, as well as sexual violence as an aspect of sexuality and the use of sexuality as an anti-conquest strategy in the biblical narratives.

Keywords: sex, sexuality, Hebrew Bible, heterosexuality, procreation, gender, biblical narrative, paternity, female barrenness, sexual violence

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