BR 10:02, Apr 1994
Its an Abomination for Everyone
While I always find Jacob Milgroms scholarship compelling and profoundly human and wise, his recent column Does the Bible Prohibit Homosexuality? BR 09:06, is, for me, uncharacteristic of his outstanding writing.
Milgrom contends that the Torahs laws are directed only toward Israel, and the Noahide restrictions are, for Milgrom, projections of the rabbinic mind upon ancient Israel. Consequently, he argues that Hebrew Scripture does not prohibit homosexuality to non-Israelites.
According to a literal reading, of Scripture, homosexuality is a toevah, usually rendered abomination. The fact that Scripture does not directly address the non-chosen does not mean that God does not hold all humankind accountable for basic morality. By defining homosexuality as toevah, Leviticus condemns it not only for Israel.