11 comments on “Nakedness as a Metaphor in Scripture: An introduction

  1. “As you can see, there really won’t be much time for giggling and squirming!” Great intro Don, thank you. A thought provoking piece. Thank you.

  2. Thanks for being willing to be forthright about “nakedness.” I’ve always been curious about the youth who fled naked on the night Jesus was betrayed. The incident makes me think of Joseph fleeing Potipher’s wife.
    Looking forward to your thoughts.
    Dave

  3. Very interesting although I have never studied the subject of nakedness in the Bible. I do remember last year taking a Biblical Counseling course and the instructor mentioning that nakedness is never portrayed in a positive way in Scripture. Looking forward to reading your thoughts.

  4. Oh this sounds great! I’ve been wondering what to use to find the Greek or Hebrew translations of particular words. What do you recommend. As you note, so much is lost in translation.

  5. I can’t wait to read more. I love the connection that you made that, just in speaking about nakedness, our reaction to nakedness through giggles and immaturity already begins to mirror how we may feel before God: uncomfortable, embarrassed, etc.

    I think such a study may also be important because I think often the traditions of marriage and rules of chastity imposed by God may be misunderstood in concluding that the human body is “bad” or nakedness is “bad.” When in fact it is the very opposite. We forget, in Genesis, He made them “good”–and that goodness was naked. It is original sin hat desecrates the body…

    Perhaps by recovering and studying nakedness as metaphor through the Bible we may be given insight into the sacredness of the body and sexuality.

    • I’ve consistently said that following Jesus is counter-intuitive, and it is so for many reasons; cultural, traditional, and sometimes in the sense that it just runs counter to human nature. I think that the whole “nakedness” metaphor brings all three to light, for it is when all three of these are stripped away that we find ourselves in an intimate relationship with God, the relationship for which we were intended in the first place.

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