and the Bible
By Bruce L. Gerig
We are sad to announce the passing of Bruce L. Gerig on May 29, 2012. He was 76 years old.
Bruce began his intense Bible investigation when he realized that the Scriptures did NOT condemn gay people to hell as those in the Church had taught him. He sought to find out for himself what the Scriptures really said about homosexuality, same-sex orientation and loving relationships.
Since then he has dedicated his scholarly research to all GLBT people who have suffered condemnation, not from God, but from their families, friends and churches who use the name of God against them.
In each of his articles, Bruce gathers mountains of information from countless resources, which included noting the meanings of ancient words and languages, local customs and social mores, and commentaries by other researchers, experts and scholars. He brought this information all together to form a more complete picture of what was really going on in the stories of the Bible. He also referenced and heavily footnoted his sources so readers could investigate for themselves and show that he wasn't just making it all up.
Of special note is Bruce's original work in his Jonathan and David series. When he first began his research, he was shocked to discover how few Biblical scholars investigated the special relationship between these two men of the Bible who loved each other, especially since one of them would become the King of Israel and the Jewish people.
Bruce has contributed to the Epistle since its inception in 2003. We still have some of his writing which we have yet to publish, so look out for more of his writing to come. (He's not done yet.) We will miss him dearly, but know that He is in joy with the Lord.
God bless you, Bruce. We love you and miss you.
- The Staff of the Epistle
Now Available a FREE PDF download of Bruce Gerig's book: "Jonathan and David, A Love Story."
a Christian Gay Ethic
Honoring God's Word requires more than just forcing harsh rules on others
A look at the harmful lies and deceptive claims of the ex-gay movement
A Very Hot Topic
Studying "Homosexuality and the Bible" brings with it a unique set of problems
Supplement: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography
Biblical Inspiration and Authority
An examination of the approaches, influences and discrepancies concerning biblical inspiration and authority.
Studies on Jesus and Homosexuality
Key Passages: Luke 1:31,35, 2:21; Matt 19:12, 23:37b; John 8:41b, 13:3-5,23
and His Beloved Disciple, Part 1
Key Passages: John 13:21-25, 19:25-27, 20:1-10, 21:1-25; also 1:35,40, 18:15-16
and His Beloved Disciple, Part 2
Key Passages: The Gospels and Acts
and His Beloved Disciple, Part 3
Key Passages: John 13:23-25; 19:26-27; 20:1-10; 21:1-25; also cf. 1:35,40; 18:15-16
and His Beloved Disciple, Part 4
Key Passages: John 11:1-54, John 13:23-25; Mark 10:17-31, 14:51-52
Studies on Paul and Homosexuality
An Analysis of Romans 1:18-32, Part 1 - An Exchange of the Creator God for Worthless Idols
Key Passages: Romans 1:18-3:20
An Analysis of Romans 1:18-32, Part 2 - A Giving over to Lustful, Dishonoring, and 'Unnatural' Sexual Behavior
Key Passages: Romans 1:24-27
Studies on Jonathan and David
& David: An Introduction
Key Passages: 1 Samuel 13 - 2 Samuel 1
& David: David's Background
Key Passages: 1 Samuel 16-17
Supplement: Laying out a Time-Frame for Saul’s Reign
Jonathan & David: Their Companionship
Key Passages: 1 Samuel 20
Supplement: More On Saul's Sexual Insult and David's Losing It
Jonathan & David: David's Lament
Key Passages: 1 Samuel 31, 2 Samuel 1
Supplement: A Closer Look at David’s Lament, Part 1
Supplement: A Closer Look at David’s Lament, Part 2
Studies on Homosexuality in the Old Testament
A Traumatic Scene Revisited
Key Passages: Genesis 19:1-29, Judges 19
Sodom: An Ancient Story Refashioned
Key Passages: Genesis 19:1-29, Ezekiel 16:49-50, Jude vv. 6-7
The Levitical Ban: A Mysterious Puzzle
Key Passage: Leviticus 18:22, 20:13
Supplement: Uses of Zakhar/Zekhur ("Male") in the OT
Levitical Ban: More Clues in the Case
Key Passages: Leviticus 18:22, Deuteronomy 23:17-18
The Levitical Ban: The Final Verdict
Key Passages: Leviticus 18:21-23, Deuteronomy 22:5, Genesis 38:9-10
Divine Creation: After the Fall
Key Passages: Genesis 4-50; Psalm 103:14, 139:13-14
Family Sexual Secrets in Genesis
Key Passages: Genesis 9:18-27, 38:1-10
Eunuchs in the OT, Part 2
Castration in Ancient Assyria, Babylonia and Persia
Key Passages: Est 1:10–12, 15; 2:3, 14–15, 21; 4:4–5; 6:2, 14; 7:9
Eunuchs in the OT, Part 3
Hunting for Castrates in Israel before the Exile
Key Passages: 2 Kings 9:30–33, 18:17, 23:11, 24:12–15; Jer 34:19, 38:7–10, 39:1–3, 41:16; Dan 1:3–19; Gen 37:36, 39:1, 40:1–23; 1 Sam 8:15; 1 Chron 28:1