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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
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Old testam. essays vol.23 n.3 Pretoria  2010


How the Methodist Church of Southern Africa read Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 in view of homosexuality1



Ndikho Mtshiselwa






In recent times, the texts of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 have attracted the attention of Old Testament scholars, clergy and the laity, alike. In my view, such an attention has been inspired by the readers' quest for a possible light that both biblical texts shed on the acceptance and practice of homosexuality among societies. Lately, homosexuality has been one of the topical and burning issues in the present day South Africa. Therefore it does not come as a surprise that interpreting texts such as Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 becomes pertinent in our society. This research aims to explore the inability of MCSA to provide a sound rationale to reject homosexuality. In addition, this study endeavours to establish that acceptance and or rejection of homosexuality as a love relationship cannot be based on Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. Using methodologies such as the literary, textual, canonical and socio-scientific criticism, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 will be examined, particularly in light of how MCSA read and interpret these texts. This argument is intended to make a necessary contribution to African biblical hermeneutics.



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Ndikho Mtshiselwa
Department of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of South Africa
P. O. Box 392, UNISA, 0003



1 The article has been written as part of the Master's program at the University of Pretoria under the supervision of Prof Dirk Human.