[sword-devel] Bible Publishers Sued for References to Homosexuality!

Barry Drake bdrake at crosswire.org
Fri Jul 11 07:10:05 MST 2008

Hi there .........

David Haslam wrote:
> Newsmax.com reports that Zondervan and Thomas Nelson Publishers are being
> sued by an American man because the bible states that homosexuality is a
> sin.

I find that quite interesting, because, sorry to say this, in the 
original languages of the bible, the word 'homosexuality' is not used! 
And if Paul had wanted to use it, the Greek carries more than one word 
that could reasonably be rendered as homosexuality, and he chooses not 
to use any of them!  This is why I have a big question mark against 
bibles such as NIV that carry a strong conservative evangelical bias and 
use emotive words like 'homosexual' when the author just MIGHT not have 
meant that!

Before anyone asks, I don't know how I would choose to translate the 
bits referred to.  And I don't know for certain what Paul meant.  (See 
my paper 'Homosexuality and the Gospel' to investigate further).  And 
please: a) this is off topic, so send 'flack' off list.  And b) I don't 
have a concrete view on homosexuality to offer!!!!!

I can't see that we (Sword) have a problem.  Technically, we are a 
'publisher'.  We are not the Author, nor are we a copyright holder for 
any of the texts.  Nor do we (currently) have rights to distribute the 
'offensive' version, so I guess we are OK.

God bless,

-- From Barry Drake (The Revd) minister of the Netherfield United 
Reformed church, Nottingham see http://www.jesusinnetherfield.org.uk for 
our church homepages).

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