When you try to form a view of women's status overall in the Hebrew Bible, you must take into account this unexpected fact: that the political founder of Israel was a woman.
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Calling male homosexual acts an offense was precisely what made the biblical text seem so absolutely anti-homosexual. But it is precisely this fact that opens the possibility of the law's change.
More than 20 centuries after the Bible's production, people still bring it to bear on practically every important social and political issue in the Western world.
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