Queer Biblical Studies

Abraham, Ibrahim (2007), “‘On the Doorstep of the Work’: Ricoeurian Hermeneutics, Queer Hermeneutics, and Scripture”, Bible and Critical Theory 3.1 (2007), 4.1-4.12

Carden, Michael (2004), Sodomy: A History of a Christian Biblical Myth, London: Equinox

Guest, Deryn (2005), When Deborah Met Jael: Lesbian Biblical Hermeneutics, London: SCM Press

Guest, Deryn, Robert E. Goss, Mona West and Thomas Bohache (eds.) (2006), The Queer Bible Commentary, London: SCM Press

This great resource for students, teachers and preachers draws on queer, feminist, postcolonial, historical-critical and other contextual hermeneutics to explore queer themes in each book of the Bible. Three elements recur across the collection: 1. How might reading from a queer perspective change and reframe the way the Bible is interpreted and used? 2. How do various hermeneutical strategies impact on the lives of queer and LGBT people of faith? 3. Is there any sense in which the Bible itself might be described as containing queer characters or themes, or is the use of a postmodern reading lens like this simply anachronistic? This volume is unique in focusing not just on particular “texts of terror” but on the Bible as a whole. 

Goss, Robert E. and Mona West (eds.) (2000), Take Back the Word, Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press

Hanks, Thomas (1997), “A Family Friend: Paul’s Letter to the Romans as a Source of Affirmation for Queers and their Families”, in Goss, Robert E. and Amy Adams Squire Strongheart (eds.) (1997), Our Families, Our Values: Snapshots of Queer Kinship, Binghampton, NY: The Haworth Press, 137-150

Helminiak, Daniel A. (1994), What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality, San Francisco, CA: Alamo Square Press

Hornsby, Teresa J. and Ken Stone (eds.) (2011), Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship, Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature

A lively scholarly collection which includes essays on topics such as queer theory and historical-critical exegesis; capitalism and masochism in biblical interpretation, and interactions between queer and postcolonial criticism. There are also queer readings of particular biblical narratives and figures including Rahab, Jael, Lazarus, the Ethiopian eunuch and the Corinthian women prophets.

Koch, Timothy R. (2001), “A Homoerotic Approach to Scripture”, Theology and Sexuality 7.14 (March 2001), 10-22

Martin, Dale B. (2006), Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation, Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press

Moore, Stephen D. (2001), God’s Beauty Parlor: And Other Queer Spaces In and Around the Bible, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press

This challenging, exuberant book brings biblical texts into conversation with discourses of masculinity, homoeroticism, beauty and violence, re-examining the implications of Christianity’s sometime preoccupation with a distinctly muscular God. 

Rogers, Eugene F. (2009), “Paul on Exceeding Nature: Queer Gentiles and the Giddy Gardener”, in Roden, Frederick S. (ed.) (2009), Jewish/Christian/Queer: Crossroads and Identities, Aldershot: Ashgate, 19-33

Stone, Ken (ed.) (2001), Queer Commentary and the Hebrew Bible, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press

Stone, Ken (2001), “Homosexuality and the Bible or Queer Reading? A Response to Martti Nissinen”, Theology and Sexuality 14, 107-118

Stone, Ken (2004), “Queering the Canaanite”, in Althaus-Reid, Marcella and Lisa Isherwood (eds.) (2004), The Sexual Theologian: Essays on God, Sex and Politics, London: T&T Clark, 110-134

Stone, Ken (2005), Practicing Safer Texts: Food, Sex and Bible in Queer Perspective, London and New York: T&T Clark

Stone, Ken (2008), “Bibles That Matter: Biblical Theology and Queer Performativity”, Biblical Theology Bulletin 38.14, 14-25

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