T he Bible is often appealed to on issues of sexuality, and those who use it to condemn homosexuality often turn to it in support of heterosexual marriage. Here, though, the Bible is against them, for nowhere do we find an exemplary marriage explored in depth; nobody to whom a parish priest could point a young couple in a marriage interview and say: "Be like them. Almost everywhere in the Bible it is assumed that men are worth more than women; the book presumes that power and authority lie with men, including that over women, and asserts openly that men must exercise such authority.
There are a number of passages in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament that have been interpreted as involving same-sex sexual acts and desires. These interpretations form the basis of Jewish and Christian attitudes towards homosexuality. Chapters 18 and 20 of Leviticus form part of the Holiness code and list prohibited forms of intercourse , including the following verses:. These two verses have historically been interpreted by Jews and Christians as clear overall prohibitions against homosexual acts in general. This is shown in Leviticus Chapters 18 and 20 by three specific scripture passages Leviticus —3, and that state that the Israelites should never do what the Egyptians and Canaanites did.