[Reaction to One Year Bible’s May 22-24 readings]
I am a strong advocate for gay rights. I think Christianity’s lessons of love and acceptance trump rules from Leviticus & the Epistles–most of which we don’t follow anyway–in deciding whether to accept the love between two people.
I was thus interested to read about Jonathan and David’s relationship. There are those that speculate that Jonathan and David had a romantic relationship. There is some language in First and Second Samuel to support this. For example, “And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.” 1 Sam. 18:3-4; Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.'” 1 Sam. 20:42. And after Jonathan is killed in battle, David’s mournful cry includes this line, “I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.” 2 Sam. 1:26. Here is more context.
So, here’s the thing. I don’t know. The way I read these stories is that they were very close, like brothers–beyond friends. What do others think?