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Kurt Queller

Kurt Queller, Senior Instructor Emeritus, taught linguistics, history of English, Bible as literature, German and occasionally other languages at the University of Idaho.

The Afterlife: “A Hundredfold — Now, in THIS Age” 

In Mark’s other “afterlife” controversy (10:17-31), Jesus responds to a rich man’s question about how to “inherit” eternal life. Jesus responds by reciting from the ethical commands of the Decalogue (the Ten Commandments). The man answers “I have kept all of these since my youth.”  

The Afterlife: Whose Wife in the Afterlife? 

Regarding a hypothetical woman who has successively outlived seven husbands, before finally dying herself, they ask: “In the resurrection, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her.” 

The Afterlife: Just Desserts — Here and Now? Or Hereafter? (Or…?) 

It comes as a surprise to many that, historically speaking, the afterlife doctrines of the Abrahamic religions are a relatively late development. 

Acceptance of Community in Christianity

One of the biblical “prooftexts” most commonly used against queer people is Romans 1:26. There, Paul characterizes homoerotic relations as “against nature” (Greek: para phusin).  

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