13 July 2014

EJ&T: Leviticus 18: Who not to have sex with

In the Every Jot and Tittle project, I am listing all of the Bible's commandments from Genesis to Revelation, in accordance with Jesus's words in Matthew 5:18-19. I have no idea how many commandments I'll find, but Jewish tradition claims there are 613. See here for a list of those that I've found so far.

  1. Don't have sex with near relatives.
  2. None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD. Leviticus 18:6

  3. Don't have sex with your father.
  4. The nakedness of thy father ... shalt thou not uncover. Leviticus 18:7a

  5. Don't have sex with your mother.
  6. The nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. Leviticus 18:7b

  7. Don't have sex with your father's wife.
  8. The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness. Leviticus 18:8

    A man shall not take his father's wife, nor discover his father's skirt. Deuteronomy 22:30

    Cursed be he that lieth with his father's wife; because he uncovereth his father's skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen. Deuteronomy 27:20

  9. Don't have sex with your sister, the daughter of your father.
  10. The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father ... whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover. Leviticus 18:9a

    Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father.... And all the people shall say, Amen. Deuteronomy 27:22

  11. Don't have sex with your sister, the daughter of your mother.
  12. The nakedness of thy sister, the ... daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover. Leviticus 18:9b

    Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen. Deuteronomy 27:22

  13. Don't have sex with your son's daughter.
  14. The nakedness of thy son's daughter ... thou shalt not uncover: for [her nakedness] is thine own nakedness. Leviticus 18:10a

  15. Don't have sex with daughter's daughter.
  16. The nakedness of ... thy daughter's daughter thous shalt not uncover: [her nakedness] is thine own nakedness. Leviticus 18:10b

  17. Don't have sex with your father's wife's daughter.
  18. The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. Leviticus 18:11

  19. Don't have sex with your father's sister.
  20. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman. Leviticus 18:12
    And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of ... thy father's sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity. Leviticus 20:19

  21. Don't have sex with your mother's sister.
  22. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman. Leviticus 18:13
    And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister ... for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity. Leviticus 20:20

  23. Don't have sex with your father's brother.
  24. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother. Leviticus 18:14a

  25. Don't have sex with your father's brother's wife.
  26. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's [brother's] wife: she is thine aunt. Leviticus 18:14b

  27. Don't have sex with your son's wife.
  28. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. Leviticus 18:15

  29. Don't have sex with your brother's wife.
  30. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness. Leviticus 18:16

  31. Don't have sex with a woman and her daughter.
  32. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness. Leviticus 18:17a

  33. Don't have sex with a woman and her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter.
  34. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness. Leviticus 18:17b

  35. Don't marry your wife's sister while your wife is still alive.
  36. Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time. Leviticus 18:18

  37. Don't burn your children for a god named Molech.
  38. And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech. Leviticus 18:21

    He [Ahaz] burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen. 2 Chronicles 28:3

  39. If you are a man, don't have sex with another man. It is abomination.
  40. Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Leviticus 18:22

  41. Don't have sex with animals. It is confusion.
  42. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Leviticus 18:23

    Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen. Deuteronomy 27:21

2 comments:

Stephen said...

What's up with #218 and #219? If a man has sex with another man, it is "abomination", but if a woman has sex with a non-human animal, it is "confusion".

Now *I'm* confused!
Steve Weeks

Mion said...

Y'know, Lev. 18:22 never actually mentions any problem with homosexual relations between females; only for males. You could try arguing that it is implied for both sexes, but that isn't the case, since in the next verse (v. 23, bestiality), it specifies that women cannot do it either. Also, all those rules about incest were pretty damn thorough with who you shouldn't have sex with within your own family. Why leave it unspecified for female homosexuality, then? Answer: It's NOT forbidden, then. (Clearly, God just likes watching girl-on-girl action.)