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This week’s LGBT and Faith dicussion group – Boaz’s Boyfriends


The third LGBT and Faith Discussion Group is this Wednesday (13 November) 7.30-9pm, will be chaired by Professor Hugh Pyper from the Department of Biblical Studies, and will focus on the Book of Ruth and ‘Boaz’s Boyfriends’Hugh Pyper Talk

Below is a brief interview with the man himself, Professor Hugh Pyper:

How are  did you get involved with the LGBT and Faith Discussion Group?
I got involved because of the Department of Biblical Studies’ Hidden Perspectives Project, but I have been writing on LGBT issues in one way or another for over thirty years.

What topics and themes will be discussed during the session you are chairing?
We’re going to look at the book of Ruth and explore the way in which our cultural assumptions about sexuality affect the way the text has been read and how a closer look at the text may lead us to question some of those assumptions.

What are you hoping people will take away with them after the session?
I hope people will come away realizing that even a familiar biblical story can be more surprising and more subversive than we realize and that reading it with this in mind can be fun!

The group is informal, friendly, fun, and offers a safe and respectful space for discussion.

Professor Hugh Pyper (Department of Biblical Studies)
‘Boaz’s Boyfriends’
The Multifaith Gathering Room (The Octagon)
Wednesday 13 November, 7.30-9pm


Author: Hidden Perspectives

A research project within the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) at The University of Sheffield.

3 thoughts on “This week’s LGBT and Faith dicussion group – Boaz’s Boyfriends

  1. My local church has been dedicated to reading the Bible faithfully. We are part of a church called the Bible Believers and we only use the divinely inspired King James Bible. I think I may be becoming a heterodoxical but I go where the King James Scripture-evidence leads me. Like Professor Piper, I have been doing research on men characters in the Bible and in my reading I think Paul says that he reluctantly “had” a boyfriend with whom he intercoursed. My research findings come from an objective reading of 2 Cor 12:7-9 — “there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me”. Is this “boyfriend-reading” of 2 Cor 12:7-9 accepted by all Bible scholars?

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