Jonathan and David
A Love Story
A Survey of Commentary Interpretation, Textual Evidence,
and Historical Background
Bruce L. Gerig
Bruce Gerig was in the process of finishing up his manuscript, “Jonathan and David, A Love Story” to be published into a book when he passed away on May 29, 2012.
“Jonathan and David, A Love Story” is now available as a free PDF download.
“Although many studies have explored ‘Homosexuality and the Bible’ as a social-ethical theme, focusing on the condemnatory passages, very few studies have turned to investigate the possibly positive references to same-gender love in the Bible (yet note Theodore Jennings’ The Man Jesus Loved), especially the Jonathan and David story, which includes numerous tantalizing clues. Still, over the last half century a large number of interpreters have offered views in commentaries and other-subject books relating to the Jonathan and David relationship, although this rich trove of material has not yet been fully investigated and integrated, and made available to the public. Biblical studies have arrived at a place where scholars now increasingly come to their research with a neutral (non-homophobic) stance, which in turn has led a growing number of them to suggest that indeed there well may be a homoerotic subtext to the Jonathan and David story. The goal of this study, then, is to survey and draw from all of this material, reaching back more than a hundred years, to see whether or not it may be concluded, after critical analysis and with a certain confidence, that the Biblical text supports the view that Jonathan and David shared a homoerotic passion and, even beyond that, perhaps an intimate sexual relationship. The author also draws from a wide range of ancient Near Eastern sources and related research, feminist writings, queer studies, and belles-lettres (especially novels written about Jonathan and David).”
- Bruce L. Gerig.
A REVIEW: Bruce Gerig proceeds like a sleuth to uncover the most remote but relevant details to shed light on and uncover the true meaning of the biblical story of David and Jonathan, which has so long perplexed readers and students of the Bible alike. With his careful analysis of the text itself and wide use of extra-biblical sources, he lays brick after brick to solidly support his initial proposition that here in the Bible, of all places, one finds described and even celebrated the love “that dare not speak its name.” – Albina Leibman-Klix, Ph.D. (comparative literature), Columbia University Libraries.
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