And Adam Knew Eve

A Dictionary of Sex
in the Bible



"The biblical Hebrews, given God's commandment to 'be fruitful and multiply' (Gen. 1:28), had what Drorah O'Donnell Setel has alliteratively called a 'preoccupation with procreation.' That's why many of the stories and other passages in the Bible involve sex, and why many of these, unheard of in sermons and Sunday school lessons, remain little known among laity.

"The purpose of And Adam Knew Eve is to inform as well as hopefully to entertain, by gathering from the biblical text all sexually related stories, concepts, and laws, and presenting them, concisely but with attention to context, in convenient dictionary form. Sexually related material comprises overall such a significant portion of scripture that some knowledge of it is essential both in appreciating the Bible as a whole and in understanding the difference in attitude toward sex to be found between the Old and New Testaments.

"It is hoped that And Adam Knew Eve will also help better acquaint the general reader with the problem that biblical interpreters--in particular feminist scholars--face in the sometimes physically abusive treatment of women under the patriarchal system that so controlled women's lives, sexually and otherwise, in the biblical world."--from the Preface


"Filled with useful information."--American Reference Books Annual

"Convenient dictionary form."--Christianity Today

"Everything you ever wanted to know about sex in the Bible."--Faith Community Builders



In addition to the 85 full entries, And Adam Knew Eve includes extensive cross references, bibliography, subject and scripture indexes, and 16 reproductions of art by Blake, Steen, and others.


Book cover


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And Adam Knew Eve: A Dictionary of Sex in the Bible
by Ronald L. Ecker
Hodge & Braddock, 1995
illustrations, bibliography, and indexes
ISBN 0-9636512-4-2 (cloth)
208 pages
list price $17.95




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