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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


Publication details for Professor Gerard Loughlin

Loughlin, Gerard (2005). "Biblical Bodies". Theology and Sexuality 12(1): 9-27.

Author(s) from Durham


The Bible is like a body. It is a whole composed of many parts, in the pages of which we find other bodies, identities which even now haunt the Western imagination. But the chief focus of this essay is the biblical body of God and its sex. It is often asserted that God has no sex, and that concern with God's gender is beside the point. God's sex is merely metaphorical. But if so, it is far from being a dead metaphor. God's sex still orders human lives. But it does so from behind a veil; from behind the homophobia and misogyny of Western culture and religion. And when we draw aside the veil we find something queerer yet: the myth of a self-fecunding man without an omphalos.