1. So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please, put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven ...that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, ... but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac." ... The LORD God of heaven, ... spoke to me and swore to me, saying, "to your descendants I give this land," ... So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter. (Gen. 24:2-4, 7, 9 NKJV). Abraham is asking the steward of his house to place his hand on his genitals and swear to him by the LORD, that he will get a godly wife from among his own family and land. The statement "under my thigh" means "under my thigh bones (thighs, loins). The word ya-rek "thigh, loin" is grammatically singular but it is best translated in the plural for the reader to grasp the meaning of this expression. In one place, the Greek translation (LXX) also translated the singular Hebrew word "thigh" as "thighs" or "thigh bones" (Gen. 46:26). I also think "waist" would be a good translation for ya-rek in this expression and others (Gen. 24:2, 9; 46:26; 47:29; and Ex. 1:5) because Bible verses often speak of a "loin-cloth, girdle" being on the loins (i.e. waist). When someone says the following euphemism to another: "put your hand under my thigh[s]" or "put your hand under my waist;" that means that person is asking the other person to put his hand on his generative parts (private parts) which are the adjurer's source of progeny and symbolize his offspring. This act was to help the swearer remember his agreement, oath and duty. The steward was to get a wife for Abraham's offspring, Isaac. Additionally, Abraham also had his son Joseph swear by his private parts (Gen. 47:29). Joseph was swearing to bury his father in Canaan and also to have Abraham's offspring (i.e. himself) buried there (Gen. 50:24-26; Ex. 13:19; Joshua 24:32; Heb. 11:22).
Stewards were often gay men who managed the house and affairs of his lord (see Judith 12:10). A gay man would also be able to get a wife for his master's son because he was allowed to communicate and be around women in that culture where the sexes were separated. This particular gay steward puts his hand on Abraham's private parts and swears an oath. Abraham wouldn't have asked a heterosexual to do that. This also calls into question Abraham's sexuality. He was likely bisexual.
Dr. Lamsa translated the Aramaic word kha-ṣa as "girdle" here. Kha-ṣa does have the meaning of "loin-cloth, belt, girdle" when accompanied with the word "loins" (Ezek. 9:2; Matt. 3:4). However, the Aramaic translator would have meant the meaning of "thigh, loin" here in Genesis because he translated from the Hebrew word ya-rek "thigh, loin."
There are several reinterpretations of this text. One interpretation is that the steward held only Abraham's circumcised penis because one must hold a sacred object such as a Torah scroll or phylacteries when taking an oath. If that was the case then Abraham likely would have had Eliezer, his steward, hold a religious scroll, since he was religious. Also, someone doesn't need to hold a "sacred object" to make an oath or swear. Swearing in the name of the LORD would have been sufficient. Moreover, if Abraham wanted Eliezer to swear while holding only his circumcised cock, then Abraham could have said to Eliezer: "put your hand on my circumcision" or "put your hand on my flesh (penis)." Or, Abraham could have said "put your hand on my eggs (balls)," or something similar, if he intended for his steward to hold only his testicles while adjuring him.
I also don't believe trying to understand this expression literally. There would be no need for Abraham to ask Eliezer to put his hand under his thigh to show that he is under his authority. Abraham already knew this and he didn't use objects along with an oath to symbolize something outside the contents of the oath. Abraham used objects in his oath-taking (swearing) to give a symbolic meaning of something in the oath. For example, when Abraham swore to Abimelech that he wouldn't deal falsely with him or his posterity; he also rebuked Abimelech because his servants seized a well that he had dug. Abraham gave Abimelech seven ewe lambs to remind him that Beer-Sheva (well of the seven [or oath] belongs to him (Gen. 21:22-32). Moreover, the Bible uses the word "thigh" in this example and also in the plural, in expressions that refer to the private parts. In the plural, (Exodus 1:5 KJV) reads: "And all the souls that came out of the loins (hence: generative parts) of Jacob were seventy souls ..." Furthermore, Midrash Rabbah and the opinion of Tosefot in the Talmud Shevuot 38b both interpret Genesis 24:2-9 to mean that Abraham made his steward swear with the Milah (organ of circumcision). And hence both of those witnesses are more close to what I believe in, namely, that Eliezer held onto all of Abraham's package while making an oath.
I believe the Peshitta Old Testament translated the Hebrew word re-a sometimes as rahma "lover" or khow-ra "friend" for a reason; and hence it gives the correct understanding of when the Hebrew word re-a carries the meaning of "lover" or "friend." According to the Peshitta, re-a's first meaning is "lover, sexual partner;" and that is the meaning of its first occurrence in the Bible. Secondly, the word "lover" can be used in the construct state (i.e. "the lover of") in expressions such as "lover of God," "lover of tax-collectors," etc. It's connected with words that the reader or hearer wouldn't consider the "lover" to be a "sexual partner." A "lover of God" would be someone "who loves (likes) God" and hence could be considered a "friend of God." Along that line, the word "lover(s)," was also the word chosen to refer to "allies," and hence "friends," of a king or nation.
According to the Peshitta Old Testament, the Hebrew word re-a doesn't mean "lover" in the common expression (Ex. 11:2, etc.): "[every] man from his friend [neighbor]," "[every] woman from her neighbor," or any like expression. The Aramaic word khow-ra was used for the translation. This is predictable since the word "brother" can refer to a "husband" in a marriage but doesn't carry that meaning in the phrase "every man his brother" (Ex. 32:27, etc.). At Judges 14:20, the Hebrew text says: "And the wife of Samson was given to one of his friends who was his groomsman (Literally: "a friend to him")." The expression "a friend to him" means "his groomsman" according to the Aramaic Targum. Since the word re-a means "groomsman" here, that's why the previous expression means "one of his friends" instead of the literal meaning of "one of his lovers." Context determined this. The Aramaic Peshitta again did not use the word "lover" or "friend" here but the word "groomsman."
I want to stress that context and other words determine what a Hebrew word means. Did you know that re-ah "female lover" and ro-eh "shepherd" are currently spelled exactly the same in the Ashshuri Masoretic Hebrew text, but are pronounced differently? I said currently because in the older Hebrew picture script, the word "shepherd" was spelled with an additional vav to indicate the "o" sound. Nevertheless, we know when the Hebrew word means "shepherd" by the tradition of pronunciation, translation witnesses and other words used in the verse such as "tent, sheep, flock, etc.".
Having all this in mind, I'm going to show a couple clear homosexual relationships from the Hebrew and/or Aramaic Bible where the Aramaic Bible specifically has the word "lover(s) in the text. I 'm not going to give all of them because that would be exhausting plus I want to later show other homosexual relationships in the Bible that used other words to indicate their relationships. Additionally, it should be noted that there is another Hebrew word o-ha-vim "lovers" which is sometimes translated incorrectly as "friends." The Aramaic text indicates this. So when you are reading the English Bible, just keep in mind that the so called "friend" or "friends" may actually be a "lover" or "lovers."
2. It came to pass at that time that Judah departed from his brothers, and visited (turned aside to) a certain Adullamite whose name was Hirah. ... Now in the process of time the daughter of Shua, Judah's wife, died; and Judah was comforted, and went up to his sheepshearers at Timnah, he and his friend (lover) Hirah the Adullamite. – When Judah saw her [Tamar], he thought she was a harlot, because she had covered her face. Then he turned to her by the way, and said, "Please let me come in to you"; ... So she said, "Will you give me a pledge ... -- And Judah sent the young goat by the hand of his friend (lover) the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman’s hand, but he did not find her. (Gen. 38:1; 12, 15-17, 20 NKJV). Judah turned aside to stay or live with Hirah the Adullamite. "Visited" isn't the Hebrew word used and isn't necessarily implied. Furthermore, the Aramaic text says that Hirah was the "lover" of Judah. That means Judah was bisexual and Hirah was gay. Later we see the effeminate (or gay) Hirah delivering a kid of the goats to a female (i.e. Tamar). In the patriarchal culture, men and women were separated from each other in society. But this story narrates that it was okay for a homosexual (or a man that doesn’t have any sexual desire for a woman) to associate with and be around a woman alone without suspicion.
3. “Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath, one of his friends (lovers), and Phichol the commander of his army.” (Genesis 26:26 NKJV). The Hebrew text literally says that Ahuzzath was [one] of his lovers (me-re-e-hu)." That same understanding is expressed in the Aramaic Peshitta, which translates this verse as "... with Ahuzzath, his lover [singular], ..." It would be odd for Aramaic to use the words "one of" in conjunction with a plural noun when there is no itemization of the plural noun. Additionally, Ahuzzath is the only "lover," so that's why the Aramaic says: "... with Ahuzzath, his lover ..." Furthermore, the Hebrew word kha-ve-raiv "his friends, companions" would have been the better word to express "friends."
Abimelech and Ahuzzath were in a homosexual relationship. Ahuzzath came along with Abimelech similarly to how a wife may tag along with her husband. Phicol was the bodyguard.
1st Note: Me-re-e-hu literally means "from his friends (lovers)" or "[one] of his friends (lovers)" every time. It's not a separate word or listing as James Strong puts it in his Concordance. It's from the words min "of, from" and re-a "lover, friend." The "n" drops off when connected to a noun and since the first letter of the word re-a "lover" is a guttural, the "i" vowel turns into an "e" vowel. An example of the word min attached to a non-guttural word would be mi-sa-ri-se "[one] of the eunuchs of the king ..." (Esther 4:5).
2nd Note: As stated above, me-re-e-hu always means "[one] of his friends (lovers);" even though the King James Version and the Peshitta sometimes translate it singular as "friend, companion" or "groomsman" at Judges 14:20, etc. The KJV says: "But Samson's wife was given to his companion, ..." The Hebrew text literally says: "But Samson's wife was given to [one] of his friends, ..." This is supported by the Greek LXX which has that correct literal translation there and at other places. The friend there happened to be a "groomsman;" so that explains the Peshitta translation.
4. Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at (in) the river. And her maidens (na-ar-o-they-ha-her girls, girlfriends) walked along the riverside; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid (ama-thah – her female servant) to get it. And when she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the maiden (al-mah - young woman) went and called the child’s mother (Exodus 2:5-8 NKJV). The first underlined word maidens is not the best translation for the Hebrew word na-ar-oth (girls [from infancy to adolescence], girlfriends). It is a word for endearment here. Miriam was one of the "girlfriends" or "girls" of Pharaoh's daughter. This word is not to be taken literally because Miriam is also called a al-mah (a young woman up to twenty-five years of age). A Al-mah (yound woman) is the next Hebrew word in line to describe a female that is no longer a na-ar-ah (girl).
The second underlined word maid comes from the Hebrew word a-mah, which means a female servant. It doesn't always refer to a female that is a "slave," but also as a female worker or a female that provides services (see Ruth 3:9, 1 Kings 1:13, etc.). The Bible also gives references of where an a-mah (maidservant or handmaid) was used for sex (see Gen. 21:10-13; Ex. 23:12; Ruth 3:9).
No where in the Bible does it say that Miriam got married to a man. In fact, Miriam does have some masculine characteristics of power. It was Miriam and Aaron that spoke against Moses to try to take over as leaders of the congregation of Israel. Numbers 12:2 says this: So they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it. (NKJV). Lesbians were seen helping and being around women. In this case, Miriam was seeing, washing and guarding the naked daughter of Pharaoh.
Note: The Hebrew word na-ar-ah has the primary meaning of a "girl (from infancy to adolescence)" but can also mean a "young woman" in a supporting context. This is corroborated by the fact that the word na-ar-ah was translated sometimes as tli-tha (girl) and a-laym-ta (young woman) in the Aramaic Peshitta Old Testament. One of those words in the Aramaic Bible was chosen for the translation to be more precise in describing the person's age group.
5. SUPPORTIVE HOMOSEXUAL VERSE:
"Old wine gladdens the heart and more (or better) than it is the love of a lover." (Yeshua the son of Sira 40:20) This verse is written by a man (i.e. Yeshua) and the word raḥ-ma (lover) is in the masculine spelling, and hence means "male-lover." The assumed original Hebrew text says "[wine] and strong drink gladden the heart, and more than both of them is the love of beloved ones." Do-dim "beloved ones" is also masculine grammatically.
The Greek text says something similar, but just remember that it isn't reliable because the Greek Old Testament has a bias toward gay people. It says: "wine and music rejoice the heart, and above [them] both is the love of wisdom" (Wisdom of Sirach 40:20 LXX).
DAVID AND JONATHAN:
"Also Jonathan David's beloved [friend] (ḥab-bi-wa – beloved) was a counsellor, a man of understanding, and a scribe;..." (1 Chr. 27:32 Lamsa) The word [friend] is not in the Aramaic text. Jonathan is the beloved of King David. There are a few other verses that need to be mentioned to show the bi-sexuality of David and Jonathan.
“…the soul of Jonathan was knit (joined) to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul (or himself).” (1 Sam. 18:1 Lamsa, NKJV). This verse says that the soul of David was drawn to the soul of Jonathan. Jonathan's soul longed for, delighted in, was attracted to, desired after, took pleasure in and became one with the soul of David (See similar Gen. 34:3, 8). The "soul" can also be understood as the "heart or seat of feelings and emotions" here. Hence that statement could be translated as: "Jonathan's heart was set on David" or "Jonathan had feelings for David." Dead Sea Scroll Tobit uses the word "heart" and a verb synonym for the above expression and says: “…and he [Tobiah] loved her a lot, and his heart was joined very much to her.” (Tobit 6:18 DSS). Peshitta Tobit similarly uses a verb synonym for this expression at (1 Sam. 18:1) when describing Tobiah’s love for Sarah: “…and he [Tobiah] loved her, and his soul was exceedingly joined to her.” (Tobit 6:18 Peshitta Text). Separately, for the last part of First Samuel 18:1, the verb "to love" and the words "as himself" are the same words used at Ephesians 5:33 - "...and he [ the husband] shall love his wife as himself."
Note: Dead Sea Scroll Tobit contains the original Aramaic text. For Peshitta Tobit, it is stated at the end of the book that some of the material is from the Septuagint Version (Greek Old Testament) and some of the material is from another Version, as remembered.
The Author of the book of Samuel later states: “And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor (mad-daiv), even to his sword and his bow and his belt.” (1 Sam. 18:4 NKJV). Jonathan took off his outer robe and then all his clothes underneath. The Hebrew word mad means a “vesture (as measured)” and is from the verb ma-dad “to measure” At Judges 3:16, Ehud fastened a dagger “…under his clothes (mad-daiv) on his right thigh.” Mad refers to all types of clothes (see also 1 Sam. 4:12) and armor, including the tunic. Underwear [or trousers NKJV, breeches (KJV)] was not worn by the general public except for the priests. This means Jonathan ended up standing before David naked. Some people also believe David reciprocated, meaning they exchanged garments. This means both of them didn’t have any problem getting naked before each other.
Here is another verse that shows David and Jonathan’s relationship: “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; you have been very pleasant to me; your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of women.” (2 Sam. 1:26 NKJV). The love of women is referring to the love that is experienced between men and women, which included sex. David was equating Jonathan to a female. He apparently felt Jonathan’s love toward him surpassed that of women. Also, David didn’t have to use the word “women” in his statement. He could have said “…surpassing the love of friends;” if nothing homosexual was meant. Therefore I believe their relationship was also sexual based on all of the Biblical verses.
And Shaul (Saul) said, I will give her to him, and she shall be a stumbling-block to him. And the hand of the Philistines shall be upon (against) him. And Shaul said to David, you shall be my son-in-law today by both of them.” (1 Sam. 18:21 Peshitta). The source Hebrew text has bish-ta-yim “by two,” (see Isa. 6:2) from the preposition be (by, with) and shta-yim (two). The Aramaic text adds the word “them” and translates the Hebrew text as “by both of them.” It wouldn’t be correct to translate bish-ta-yim as “in the one of the twain (two)” (KJV). The Hebrew text would have been written differently if the King James interpretation was correct.
Saul was referring to his daughter Mical, who loved David (see 18:20) and his son Jonathan, the beloved of David, with his statement; “by both of them.” He wasn’t referring to his other daughter, Merab, who was given to Adriel (see 18:19). The Greek Old Testament also suggests Saul was referring to Mical and Jonathan; not by its translation, but by its deletion of these Hebrew words. The Greek Translation has a bias toward gay people and either doesn’t translate the Hebrew or Aramaic text correctly or just deletes words in the translation.
There are two ways to say “by two” in Hebrew. The masculine spelling is bish-na-im “by two,” while the feminine spelling is bish-ta-yim “by two.” It wouldn’t be appropriate for Saul to use the masculine spelling because his daughter is female. But the feminine spelling I believe was appropriate for Saul to use to designate his daughter and effeminate son Jonathan. The word female in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek also means an effeminate man.
“Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, O you son of the rebellious young woman, do I not know that you are choosing the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother’s private parts [that nursed and bore you]?” (1 Sam. 20:30 Hebrew Text). The Hebrew word ba-khar means “to choose, pick.” It is also the word used for “choosing” a wife (see Gen. 6:2). Presumably, King Saul is saying that Jonathan is “choosing” David as a husband or lover.
The last phrase could be translated as: “your mother’s nakedness.” The Hebrew word er-vah and the Aramaic word pur-sa-ya specifically refer to "the private parts" but can also mean "nakedness." There are of course better words for "nakedness" in both of those languages. One interpretation is that Saul is saying, though not seriously, that Jonathan’s mother committed some infidelity and that Jonathan isn’t really his son. This was because Jonathan was defending David. Another interpretation given is that by Jonathan choosing David, he is actually shaming his mother who bore him. The Amplified Bible translates the last part as: "...to your own shame and to the shame of your mother who bore you?"
NOTE: My translation corrects the Hebrew word na-av-ath (perverse [crooked] woman of) to read na-ar-ath (young woman [damsel] of) to match the Hebrew text in the Dead Sea Scrolls. That would be a correction of one Hebrew letter. The Resh and Vav are written very similar in the Dead Sea Scroll script. The phrase: “the rebellious young woman” is literally in Hebrew “young woman of the rebellion.” The Greek Old Testament agrees that the Hebrew text originally said “young woman, damsel” but translates that phrase in the plural as: “deserting damsels”
JUDITH AND HER MAID:
“And she called to her girl and she went down to the house where she was staying on the Sabbath days and on the feasts. And she pulled off the sackcloth that she had put on and put off the garments of her widowhood.”(Judith 10:2) The Aramaic word tli-tha generally means “a female child, girl, [from seven to twelve years of age].” In Bible times, female servants were also sexual partners, and this was not considered adultery. The story has Judith calling her female servant “a girl” here because the maid was the beloved of Judith. In verse seventeen, the “maid” is called a “young woman [i.e. a youth up to twenty-five years of age - ạ-laym-ta]." So the word “girl” is not to be taken literally. Again at (Judith 10:10), Judith calls her maid “her girlfriend” or “her girl.”
7. HOMOSEXUALS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT:
(a) Contrary to tradition, the Aramaic NT teaches that John the Baptist was gay. Jesus said this: “…that among those who are born of women there has never risen one greater than John the Baptist…” (Matt.11:11 Lamsa). The phrase “born of women,” when applied to men, meant that the male was like a woman, womanly, or effeminate. Also, in the Bible genealogy, women are left out. The only reason a woman’s name would be in the genealogy is if the son was from a different mother. That is why the Bible says that the father begot the son, as in: Abraham begot Isaac; Isaac begot Jacob; Jacob begot Judah..etc.” If it was stated that a male was begotten by a woman, that meant he was womanly or effeminate.
Another proof is that John was seeing and washing naked men. John is called the Baptist. The word Baptist means “Washer” in Greek.
(b) A second homosexual relationship in the New Testament regards a centurion and his boy (or child). The Aramaic word ta-li-a (or tal-ya - Assyrian pron.) can mean "a boy from infancy [see Matt. 2:13] to adolescence" but generally means a “male child, boy [from 7 to 12 years of age].” It also carries the meaning of “boyfriend;” and hence the person referred to is not necessarily in the age range of a child. The Centurion said “my boy” is lying in the house, paralyzed... This means the Centurion is saying: “my boyfriend” is lying in the house. The boy is clearly a young man because he was a soldier. We know this because the centurion talks about having soldiers under his command who he gives orders and they obey (See Matt. 8:5-14). The paralyzed “boy” is specifically called his “servant” aw-da at Luke 7:10 and at Matthew 8:9. This would make it unlikely that the “boy” is the centurion’s son. However, the word “servant” is used as a reference to a soldier or soldiers under one’s command elsewhere in Scripture (see Gen. 14:15, etc).
The parallel Aramaic text at Luke 7:2 says the young man was “dear, beloved” ya-qir to him (i.e. the centurion). This young man lives under his roof (i.e. in his house) [Luke 7:6]. A lot of Roman soldiers were gay because Rome had a marriage ban for serving Roman soldiers.
1st Note: Yal-lu-da or Shaw-ra are better words for "an infant, child under 7 years old." Judith 7:12 (Aramaic text numbering) or Judith 7:23 (Greek text numbering) is a good verse that shows how the Aramaic language uses different words to distinguish between "boys" and "young men." That verse says: "and the young men, women and children (i.e. boys & girls) were gathered around Uzziyah and around the rulers of the city." Ạ-lay-me is the word for "young men" and tla-ye is the word for "boys, children."
2nd Note: The Greek text of the Old Testament doesn’t always or never translates the Hebrew word e-ved “servant” as the Greek word doulos “servant” (Matt. 8:9, Luke 7:10). The exact opposite occurs in the Aramaic translation of the Old Testament. The Aramaic word aw-da “servant” is the translation mostly or always for the Hebrew word e-ved “servant.” They are actually the same Semitic word. If you subtract the final “a” in the Aramaic word, (which is a common addition to 3 letter Hebrew words), then both words have the same letters (i.e. Ayin, Bet[-h] & Dalet[-h]).
© A third known homosexual relationship in the New Testament appears at Acts 10:24, which reads: “And the next day they entered Caesarea. And Cornelius was waiting for them, and all his relatives and also his dear friends were assembled with him.” (Lamsa). Dr. Lamsa translates the Aramaic words raḥ-me ḥab-bi-we (beloved lovers) as “dear friends” at this verse. There is a problem with this translation because the Aramaic language already has a word for friends (khaw-re). Raḥ-me literally means “lovers” and is from the word raḥ-ma “love.” So, obviously a context is needed when raḥ-me is to be interpreted as “friends.” The Aramaic text is emphasizing that the word raḥ-me should be translated as “lovers” because it has an accompanying adjective “beloved.”
Note: The word khaw-ra "friend, companion" is pronounced in the plural as khaw-re (friends). However, this word has another legitimate pronunciation. Friend (with the same spelling) can also be pronounced kho-ra and its plural pronunciation is khoo-re. Sometimes the letter beth, when it has a "w" sound acts like the letter waw and becomes a vowel. This same thing occurs in other words such as "man," which can be pronounced as gaw-ra or go-ra, "seven" which can be pronounced as shaw-a or sho-a, etc.
8. “Now there was one of his disciples who was leaning das-mik on his bosom, the one whom Jesus loved...So that disciple leaned himself n'pal on the breast of Jesus, and said to him, My Lord, who is he?" (John 13:23,25 Lamsa). The Disciple lying on Jesus’ bosom was John. It is believed that John is gay, because of the intimate connection between him and Jesus. There is no sexual connection between Jesus and John, and Jesus was not gay, but the intimate words of John lying on Jesus’ breast, give John the characteristics of a gay male.
The Aramaic word smak means “to lay upon, rest and sleep.” So this verse (Jn. 13:23) can be saying that John "layed (or rested) on his bosom." For Jn. 13:25, The Aramaic text says that John "fell on the breast of Jesus,.." There is no reason to translate the word n'pal as leaned, or to add the word himself in our English translation.
9. “When I send Artemas or Tycicus to you; endeavor to come to me at Nicopolis; for I have decided to winter there.” (Titus 3:12 Lamsa). Artemas, another form of Artemis (Diana- in Vulgate), comes from the Greek word art-em-e-o- "to be safe and sound." This woman was named after a Greek word that has masculine characteristics. Also, the word Lesbian is derived from the Greek island of Lesbos which, in the sixth century B.C., was a host to a group of women dedicated to the worship of the ‘female principle’ and the service of Aphrodite and Artemis. The Lesbian goddess Artemis was the Greek version of Diana, the Roman goddess whose main centre of worship was at Ephesus in the Roman state of Asia (cf. Acts 17:23-41), and whose worship was characterized by sensuous orgies and prostitution. This woman was probably a lesbian since Bible names have meanings, and carry characteristics about the person.
Supplement: The above list of homosexuals, lesbians and bisexuals should not be assumed to be all of them in the Bible. I have left out the other ones that the reader should be able to identify by deduction and hence assume that certain individuals are or likely LGB in the Bible. Who is to say that the other eunuchs aren't gay? What about Joseph who swore on his father's privates? Maybe he was gay and only had a wife to produce children. Otherwise, he could have been bisexual and that could explain why his master Potiphar believed his wife; who said Joseph tried to sleep with her. I have also left out possible lesbian and gay couples in the Aramaic Bible where the following words appear: raḥ-ma (lover, friend), khaw-ra (companion) and shaw-ta-pa [m.] / shaw-tap-ta [f.] (partner, husband / wife). That's because I couldn't rule out that the non-sexual or non-relationship meaning wasn't meant. Those same words are used to describe spouses and lovers in a heterosexual relationship.
Since the word raḥ-ma can mean "friend" or "lover" in certain contexts, it can also carry both of those meanings in many statements in the Bible where it is translated merely as "friend." Readers lose part of the message in the translation. Take (Proverbs 19:4 Peshitta) for one example: "Wealth adds many friends (or lovers); but a poor man shall be separating (or departing) from his friends (or lovers)." There are many more examples like this where raḥ-me can have a dual meaning of both "friends and lovers."
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