Romans 1:24-32

1.    Look for images and echoes from the Old Testament. Look for similarities in Paul’s other letters. Look for echoes of Jesus. Ponder the function of this passage in the outline of the letter.

2.    Read the stories listed below. Read them one at a time, trying to name and describe what it is about that story that might lead people to think it’s about homosexuality. Then consider whether that story is related to Romans 1:24-32 by any other images or words, other than by the idea of homosexuality? Imagine and describe other ways that story could have happened, other than by homosexual acts.

3.    Read the sayings listed below. How might each one be called to mind in the reading of Romans 1:24-32? Do any of them specifically mention homosexuality?

4.    Read the laws listed below. Consider and say whether and why and how these laws would or would not apply 1) to the nations as well as to the Hebrews, and 2) now as well as then.

5.    What questions arise for you out of the reading of this text? What did you learn that was new to you, or a new way of looking at something? What does this text tell you about God and about yourself? About humans in general?

Wilma’s Notes:
STORIES, A: Ham, Genesis 9:20-27; Sodom, Genesis 19:4-5; Gibeah, Judges19:22-25
STORIES, B: Ruth & Naomi, Ruth 1:16-17; Jonathan & David, 2 Samuel 1:26
SAYINGS: God gave them over, Psalm 81:12-16; 106:13-15; Idols and vanity, Jeremiah 13:25; 16:19-21; Amos 2:4; KJV “sodomite,” Deuteronomy 23:17; 1 Kings 14:24; 15:12; 22:46; 23:7
LAWS: Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Deuteronomy 22:5