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The Adam and Eve Story: Comparing Pop Culture to Scripture

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/11/17/Sexuality_and_the_Bible_What_the_Texts_Really_Say

Theology professor Thomas Romer analyzes Genesis 2-3, and outlines popular elements of the Adam and Eve story that don’t actually appear in the original text.

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Sexuality and the Bible: What the Texts Really Say

Three biblical scholars discuss the role of sexuality in the Bible and answer questions about men and women and their places in ancient society according to the texts.

What does the Bible tell us of the roles of men and women in ancient society and about the importance of gender? From a literary standpoint, do the texts necessarily condemn or condone certain behaviors and lifestyles? In conjunction with the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, swissnex San Francisco invites top scholars to discuss the role of sexuality in the Bible and answer some of these questions.

Thomas Römer was born in Mannheim, Germany and completed his studies in theology and religious science at the University of Heidelberg, Tübingen and in Paris. He is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Faculty of Theology and History of Religions of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2007, he is also Professor of Biblical Studies at the College de France, Paris, where he acts as chair of the “milieux bibliques.”

He is the author and editor of several books focusing on the Pentateuch and the Former Prophets, including The So-Called Deuteronomistic History. A sociological, historical and literary Introduction, translated into French, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese. He dedicates part of his research to analyzing the role of sexuality in the Bible and has published a number of related books related on this theme, among them Dieu obscur. Le sexe, la cruauté et la violence dans l’Ancien Testament (English translation forthoming), and L’homosexualité dans le Proche-Orient et la Bible.

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