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The Earthy Nature of the Bible

Fleshly Readings of Sex, Masculinity, and Carnality

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Roland Boer
      Pages 1-7
  3. Song of Songs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-10
    2. Roland Boer
      Pages 11-26
    3. Roland Boer
      Pages 27-34
    4. Roland Boer
      Pages 35-46
  4. Masculinities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Roland Boer
      Pages 49-58
    3. Roland Boer
      Pages 71-80
    4. Roland Boer
      Pages 81-89
  5. Paraphilias

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Roland Boer
      Pages 93-102
    3. Roland Boer
      Pages 103-119
    4. Roland Boer
      Pages 121-132
    5. Roland Boer
      Pages 133-147
    6. Roland Boer
      Pages 149-150
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 151-196

About this book


Through a series of close readings, Boer explores the earthy nature of the Bible. These readings are gathered into three parts: the Song of Songs; Masculinities; Paraphilias. Each study is undertaken with rigorous attention to relevant scholarship and significant theoretical engagement (especially with psychoanalysis, ecocriticism and Marxism).


Bible body corpus Ecocriticism economy hermeneutics logic Marx Marxism metaphor nature Orient psychoanalysis writing

About the authors

Roland T. Boer is Associate Professor, School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle

Bibliographic information


'An excellent, often brilliant, and highly original book which provides a reading of biblical texts (especially the Old Testament) and their receptions with a particular focus on themes relating to sex, sexuality and various body parts, through the use of psychoanalytical and Marxist theory. In a nutshell Boer's argument is that the Bible is, or can be read as, a much more earthy text than is usually believed. A dry, dull academic book this is not I have taught a module on the Bible and Gender and there is no doubt that this book would be required reading.' - James G. Crossley, Professor of Bible, Culture and Politics, The University of Sheffield, UK