Biblical eroticism  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Biblical eroticism is scarce.

In the visual arts, its best-known depictions are the nudity of Adam and Eve, especially during their expulsion from the garden of Eden.

Other passages that have lent themselves to erotic depictions are Bathsheba at her bath, Susanna and the elders, Potiphar's wife, the story of the Penitent Magdalene and Lot and his daughters.

Furthermore, the obsession of some early Church Fathers with sexual abstinence led to the development of very explicit passages in penitential books, see texts on lust by the early Church Fathers Saint Augustine, Saint Jerome and Clairvaux.


Scarlet women

bad women of the bible, strange woman

Jezebel, Salome, Eve, Delilah, Maacah, Potiphar's wife, Lot's daughters, Lot's wife, Herodias, and Athaliah are the bad women of the bible.


Mirabeau in his Erotika Biblion (1783) laments the fact that the sexual practices dating from Antiquity related in the Old Testament were translated using euphemistic language.

The "Terminal Essay" (1885-86) by Burton refers to the "Old Testament" and "its allusions to human ordure and the pudenda; to carnal copulation and impudent whoredom, to adultery and fornication, to onanism, sodomy, and bestiality?"

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Examples in the visual arts

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