David Tombs on The Rape and Sexual Abuse of Jesus

Professor David Tombs (University of Otago) presented a Public Lecture at the University of Auckland on July 20, 2016 entitled “Acknowledging Jesus as Victim of Sexual Abuse”.

Feminist and womanist theologians have questioned traditional Christian models of atonement that appear to render God complicit in the extreme violence of the cross, likening Jesus’ crucifixion to a form of ‘divine child abuse’. These models of atonement often reinforce unhealthy attitudes towards the acceptance of sexual violence and abuse.

Professor Tomb’s presentation will link the critiques of atonement to recent research on crucifixion, which re-reads the historical and scriptural evidence on Roman crucifixions to suggest that sexual humiliation and sexual violence were prominent features in this event. This will lead to discussion on the theological and ethical relevance of such an understanding of crucifixion, including its significance in light of recent sexual abuse scandals within the church.

The paper may be listened to in mp4 format, with accompanying visuals here, or the mp4 file may be downloaded here.

h/t: Caroline Blyth

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2 thoughts on “David Tombs on The Rape and Sexual Abuse of Jesus

  1. I don’t think that these things happened because if they did then there would have been many books other than the gospels and maybe including some of the gospels depicting the sexual abuse along with the torture and you might think that the gospel s have been edited many times to hide these contents but even so there would be many other books along with some of the gospels that would still include such moments and the other reasons for such a thing not happening are
    1.It has been mentioned many times about how much God hates sexual immorality and man doing it with a man is itself an act of sexual immorality therefore God wouldn’t allow this as along with that there will be a lot of social stigma surrounding the matter so it would break God’s reputation in many ways therefore obviously God wouldn’t want His reputation to be broken by something he truly hates like “sexual immorality” .
    2.Jesus is the son of God after all and you might be thinking if God didn’t allow these things why did he allow the other things like beating etc ,well it is because they are physical punishments while rape and all is “sexual” and sexual means inclusion of reproductive organs and God planned reproduction as one man and one woman but when it’s man and man or woman and woman it’s an act of abomination and God would surely not allow such a thing as it removes the MANHOOD from man and LADYHOOD from lady and obviously God wouldn’t want his own sons manhood to be taken away nor would he like his son to be included in an act of abomination. Hope this satisfies.

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