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Members of His Body: Shakespeare, Paul, and a Theology of Nonmonogamy

Will Stockton


Through readings of Shakespeare and Paul, Members of His Body protests the Christian defense of marital monogamy. If the Paul who authors 1 Corinthians would prefer that unmarried believers remain single, the pseudonymous Paul of the epistle to the Ephesians argues that marriage affords the couple membership in the body of Christ. For neither Paul is plural marriage the antithesis of Christian marriage. For the Paul of Ephesians, plural marriage is rather the telos of Christian community. Building on scholarship regarding early modern sexualities, as well as on political-theological conversati ... More

Keywords: adultery, chastity, Christianity, early modern, monogamy, New Testament queer, renaissance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823275502
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823275502.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Will Stockton, author
Clemson University