Required reading for those that think the Bible condemns what we today call homosexuality--and for those who must defend themselves against such condemnation. This short book is so thorough that it's almost overly reasoned. The only drawback for some readers will be the complexity of the background information. The methods of Biblical interpretation, and their validity, are explained particularly well. Argues convincingly that there is _no_ such thing as simply "reading the Bible without interpreting it." The literal, fundamentalist method makes the obviously flawed claim that the Bible means "just what it appears to mean, in translation, to us today"; in fact, the Bible means what it meant to 1st-century (and older) Palestinians who spoke ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic--the language of Jesus.