Unprotected Texts by Jennifer Wright Knust seeks to make a biblical analysis of various topics related to sex. In general, it’s academically rigorous but very accessible and I would recommend it, although some sections definitely dragged on more for me than others. The topics themselves were definitely interesting. Some I had learned more about in my own studies, particularly the current cultural controversies. Others tackled questions I hadn’t even thought to ask. The chapters:
- The Bible and the Joy of Sex, texts like Song of Songs that view sex as a good thing
- Biblical Marriage, the complicated and varying definitions of marriage in the Bible
- The Evil Impulse, particularly Jesus and Paul’s call to celibacy
- Sexual Politics, the inconsistent rules against certain types of sex
- Strange Flesh, the one consistent sex rule: no sex with angels
- Bodily Parts, circumcision and genital emissions
Some people are probably squirming just reading that list since a small portion of the Western church (and culture in general) are actually willing to talk about sex. That makes this book extra important if only for its willingness to be honest and comprehensive about what the Bible actually says: a fair bit, but probably not what you think or as clearly as you think.