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The Historical Jesus and the Slave of the Centurion: How the Themes of Slavery, Sexuality, and Military Service Intersect in Matthew 8:5-13.

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Koepnick, Erik
Advisor(s)
Corley, Kathleen
Date
Jun 11, 2008
Subject(s)
Jesus Christ; Homosexuality; Sexuality; Gospel of Matthew--Criticism, interpretation, etc.; Military service; Master and servant--Jerusalem--History; Pericope
Abstract
When the identity of the slave in the Gospel narrative of “The Healing of the Centurion’s Slave” is studied through historical-critical research, the written and earlier oral traditions of the story indicate that the miraculous act is true to the historical Jesus. Also, by exploring the slave’s identity as a slave, same-sex love interest, and military recruit—and the 1st century C.E. implications thereof—the author concludes that the historical Jesus understood the sexual relationship between the centurion and his slave, and healed the latter based on the faith of the former. Jesus never spoke negatively about homosexuality and never offered sociological or theological discourse pertaining thereto.
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Oshkosh Scholar, Volume 3, 2008 pp. 82-92
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http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/28252 
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