‘What happened to the rest of Leviticus?’
This presentation will explore Lev. 18:22 and 20:13 and why these prohibitions, above others, seem to have survived to present day. It is interesting that Lev. 18:22 and 20:13 are often quoted to support, maintain and reinforce homophobia; yet few people lose sleep over the notion of wearing mixed fabric clothing or the consumption of pork, both of which are also prohibited in the Holiness Code.
Potential explanations for the inclusion of Lev. 18:22 and 20:13 by the Levitical authors will be examined, alongside the absence of female-female sexual behaviour in the Hebrew Bible and the Creation Stories (Genesis 1-3).
Maddy is about to complete a BA in Biblical Studies and Philosophy at The University of Sheffield. She is a student ambassador working on the project and is keen to contribute her reflections to the festival after completing a dissertation entitled ‘The Hebrew Bible and Homosexuality: A study of Lev. 18:22; 20:13 and the story of Sodom.’