When Elijah was staying at a widow’s house, her son became ill and died.
The son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. 1 Kings 17:17Elijah told the woman to give him the dead child. He then took the boy to his room and laid him on his bed.
And he [Elijah] said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. 17:19Elijah then stretched himself upon the child three times, and asked God to bring him back to life.1
And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again. 17:21
And God heard him and cured the boy.
And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. 1 Kings 17:22Here is Keith Sharpe’s response in The Gay Gospels:
Why does Elijah insist on doing this in private, and why does he get on top of the boy three times? … Obviously it looks like some kind of sexual act which might be real or simulated.2Theodore Jennings suspects that the boy’s warming flesh was an erection, like old King David’s heat in 1 Kings 1:1-4.
After the first intimate action in Elisha’s bed, we are told that the lad’s flesh becomes warm. … [T]he warming of the body by bodily proximity seems to aim at sexual arousal as the sign of bodily vitality.3
- A similar story is told about Paul in Acts with the reviving of Eutychus.
Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. Acts 20:10
- Keith Sharpe, The Gay Gospels, p. 132.
- Theodore Jennings, Jr., Jacob's Wound, 103.