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Title: Das Konzept der sexuellen Orientierung in der griechisch-römischen Umwelt des Neuen Testaments
Subtitle: Philosophische, medizinische, astrologische und andere Quellentexte in deutscher Übersetzung
Author(s): BAUM, Armin D.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 99 Issue: 4 Date: 2023
The thesis of Karl Hoheisel in his seminal RAC article of 1994 that 'the concept of constitutional, predispositional homosexuality was already common in the Hellenistic world' can be confirmed by numerous additional statements from philosophical, medical, astrological and other Greco-Roman source texts. Hence the argument used by several biblical scholars that the ancient world did not know (or only tentatively knew) of the notion of different sexual orientations or that Paul could not have known that homosexuality was an unintended and irreversible predisposition is historically untenable.