Jesus' Portrait in the Canonical Gospels and the Issue of Homosexuality


Abstract

The author of the article aims to explore the issue of Jesus’ attitude toward homosexuality. Although in the canonical Gospels we do not find a single statement in which Jesus explicitly refers to homosexual acts or persons, the analyses carried out in the article allow us to conclude that He in fact held a negative attitude toward homosexual relations. The article consists of two parts. The first presents and critically evaluates the works of contemporary authors who, on the basis of tendentious interpretations of certain pericopes from the canonical Gospels, attribute to Jesus himself homoerotic relationships. In the second part of the article, the author first explains Jesus’ relative “silence” about homosexual relations by the fact that He embraced and upheld the Old Testament ethical standards on this point. Finally, an analysis is offered of several passages from the Gospels, from which one can conclude, implicitly, that He did not accept homosexual acts.


Keywords

Jesus; canonical Gospels; homosexuality

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Published : 2021-03-26


Kręcidło, J. (2021). Jesus’ Portrait in the Canonical Gospels and the Issue of Homosexuality. Verbum Vitae. https://doi.org/10.31743/vv.11925

Janusz Kręcidło  j.krecidlo@wp.pl
Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego w Warszawie  Poland

Ks. Janusz Kręcidło, kapłan Zgromadzenia Księży Misjonarzy Saletynów (MS), profesor tytularny nauk teologicznych w zakresie biblistyki, autor kilkunastu monografii naukowych o tematyce biblijnej oraz kilkuset artykułów, kierownik Katedry Egzegezy Nowego Testamentu na Wydziale Teologicznym UKSW w Warszawie, członek Rady Doskonałości Naukowej i Komitetu Nauk Teologicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk, członek Society of Biblical Literature (Atlanta, GA), European Association of Biblical Studies i Stowarzyszenia Biblistów Polskich. Główne zainteresowania naukowe: metodologia i hermeneutyka biblijna, historia biblijna, egzegeza Nowego Testamentu, podejście antropologicznokulturowe do studiów nad Biblią. Popularyzator wiedzy biblijnej, przewodnik po ziemiach biblijnych.






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