Compiled by Cody J. Sanders

The following bibliography comes from “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth:
A Resource for Congregations in Dialogue on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” and is used by permission to support your work in being Welcoming & Affirming.

Note to Readers: Titles marked with an asterisk (*) denote helpful titles for beginning stages of exploration. These titles are appropriate starting places for an introductory exploration for individuals and groups.

Titles marked with (‡) denote more “advanced” texts, useful for individuals and congregations having already adopted a welcoming and affirming stance toward LGBTQ persons and wishing to develop further in education, understanding, and ministry.



Biblical and Historical Studies


Boswell, John. Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1980.
Countryman, L. William. Dirt, Greed and Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and the Implications for Today. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1998.
‡Goss, Robert E., and Mona West, eds. Take Back the Word: A Queer Reading of the Bible. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2000.
Greenberg, Steven. Wrestling with God & Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2004.
*Helminiak, Daniel A. What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality (Millennium Edition). Tajique, NM: Alamo Square Press, 2000.
Jennings, Theodore W. Jr. The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2003.
Jordon, Mark D. The Invention of Sodomy In Christian Theology. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1997.
Jordon, Mark D. Recruiting Young Loves: How Christians Talk about Homosexuality. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2011.
‡Martin, Dale B. Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2006.
*Rogers, Jack. Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church, revised ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009.