Jesus was a Hebrew rabbi. Unusually, he was unmarried. The idea that he had a romantic relationship with Mary Magdalene is the stuff of fiction, based on no biblical evidence. The evidence, on the other hand, that he may have been what we today call gay is very strong. But even gay rights campaigners in the church have been reluctant to suggest it. A significant exception was Hugh Montefiore, bishop of Birmingham and a convert from a prominent Jewish family. He dared to suggest that possibility and was met with disdain, as though he were simply out to shock. After much reflection and with certainly no wish to shock, I felt I was left with no option but to suggest, for the first time in half a century of my Anglican priesthood, that Jesus may well have been homosexual. Had he been devoid of sexuality, he would not have been truly human. To believe that would be heretical.

Paul Oestreicher

1 thought on “Jesus Was Gay (Get Over It)

  1. Eh, aces exist. So do bisexuals, though at least we seem to have found a niche in gay politics, after decades of pariahdom.

    TBH, I think there’s this weird bibliolatry to it. I’ve met gay men who twisted eunuch (i.e., a castrated slave) into meaning gay, no matter how homophobic that is, just because eunuchs are blessed.

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