Obscene Jews

'Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture,' by Josh Lambert.

November 28, 2013 12:15
Philip Roth , one of many Jewish authors who have explored controversial issues of sexuality.

Philip Roth author 521. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Jews are no prudes. Sex permeates the Hebrew Bible, from Isaac “playing” with Rebekah while Abimelech peeks, to Leah paying Rachel in mandrakes for the sexual favors of their husband Jacob, to a special commandment condoning intercourse with a sexually attractive non-Jewish woman captured in time of war. Of course there are King David and Bathsheba.

And this is just a small sampling of the Bible’s untrammeled treatment of sex.


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