The Gay Analogy Of Amram and Jochebed

Gay Analogy may sound off-putting to some nongay Christians but analogy is a principled way to understand God’s will in the Bible.

Jesus Himself used analogy to convey Biblical truth when He said, "The kingdom of heaven is like..." That is teaching by analogy.

According to Dr. Robert Gagnon, Anti-gay Evangelical author and Professor of Greek and New Testament at Pittsburg Theological Seminary:


"The proper purpose of engaging in analogical reasoning is to assess what categories best fit the issue in question through comparison-cases that share the greatest number of correspondences."

What About Amram and Jochebed?

Amram and Jochebed, the parents of Moses, spent their adult lives in an incestuous marriage relationship, which, in spite of the forbidden incest, was richly blessed by God.

Amram married his paternal aunt, his father’s sister, Jochebed.

Their relationship is forbidden in the Holiness Code.

“Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s sister [your aunt]: she is thy father’s near kinswoman.” Leviticus 18:12.

“And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister, nor of thy father’s sister [your aunt]: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.” Leviticus 20:19.

“And Amram took him Jochebed his father’s sister to wife [his aunt]; and she bare him Aaron and Moses...” Exodus 6:20.

Four Biblical Criteria For Gay Analogies or, As Dr. Gagnon Terms It, "Comparison Cases That Show The Greatest Number Of Correspondences"


Reverently carrying a Torah scroll.

These strict Biblical criteria, if met, prove that God blesses gay relationships, because He blessed the Amram-Jochebed relationship.

1. The gay analogy must include lifelong, unrepentant sexual behavior.

Nongay Christians make the argument that God prohibits all gay and lesbian sexual relationships.

I do not concede the spurious premise of that argument because it is a false premise, that Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 are universal prohibitions of gay relationships.

Diligent students of scripture know that Lev 18:22 and 20:13 are about shrine prostitution in worship of the Canaanite fertility goddess, not a committed, faithful, noncultic relationship between two people of the same sex.

But for the sake of argument, let's say the nongay, conservative Christian interpretation is correct.

Amram and Jochebed still enjoyed a forbidden sexual relationship which produced three famous children, Aaron, Miriam and Moses, Exodus 6:20, 15:20.

It is an unquestionable fact of scripture that God blessed the forbidden marriage of Amram and Jochebed.

2. The gay analogy must include a marriage relationship not universally accepted in scripture.

Scripture is clear that it is wrong for a man to marry his aunt, his father’s sister, yet that is precisely what Amram did when he married Jochebed.

3. The gay analogy must include a relationship regarded with some degree of revulsion in scripture.

Amram was alive while the Holiness Code was instituted by God and Moses. Scripture does not tell us when Jochebed died.

She may still have been alive, living with Amram in the incestuous marriage relationship at the time the Levitical Holiness Code was in force.

Their relationship apparently violated the Holiness Code, just like committed gay relationships apparently "violate the Holiness Code," if the traditional, antigay interpretation which has become popular among modern Christians, is believed.

Yet nothing in scripture even hints that God required Amram and Jochebed to end their incestuous marriage.

Moses wrote Exodus 6:20 and Leviticus 18:12 and 20:19 at God’s direction. God, Moses and presumably all Israel, knew of their incest yet no one told them to end the relationship.

In using gay analogy, I am not defending incest nor am I defending immoral activity by any gay or lesbian person.

There is a huge difference between licit sexual activity in a committed relationship and illicit sexual activity outside a committed relationship.

I am saying that committed, faithful, noncultic gay and lesbian relationships are fine with God.

I am saying that the Holiness Code was aimed at Israel, in a specific place, the land of Israel, in a specific time period, while Israel was living under the Law.

Gay analogy. Some Christians wrongly interpret Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 as a universal prohibition of all gay relationships is, in reality, a prohibition of shrine prostitution in worship of the Canaanite fertility goddess.

If Moses or God intended us to understand that Amram and Jochebed were living in sin, Moses or God would have said so in scripture.

Gay analogy. Does anyone believe the American Family Association or Concerned Women For America would approve the forbidden, incestuous marriage of Amram and Jochebed?

Amram and Jochebed raised three of the greatest believers in the Old Testament.

“By their fruits ye shall know them” Matthew 7:16.

Would Amram and Jochebed, in their incestuous relationship, be allowed to teach Sunday School in your church?

If not, why not?

They raised three incredible believers, all of whom, God greatly used. Are there any believers in your church who come close to the spirituality of Aaron, Miriam and Moses?

But you still wouldn't want Amram and Jochebed teaching Sunday School in your church?

Gay analogy. Why do you hold them up as heroes of the faith and tell your Sunday School children about them when you wouldn't even let this wonderful couple teach in your Sunday School?

Isn't that just a wee bit hypocritical.


Sometimes, in their zeal to follow God, Christians misuse the Bible against gay people and don't even realize they are misusing God's word.

4. The gay analogy must be drawn from a relationship blessed by God.

God blessed Amram and Jochebed’s forbidden relationship and used their children, Aaron, Miriam and Moses, to lead Israel out of Egypt. God used Moses, their youngest child, to write five books of the Bible.

Apparently then, it is possible to be in a forbidden, committed, faithful, noncultic marriage relationship where the children turn out wonderful.

Therefore, we reason that a gay or lesbian couple in committed relationship can also do a wonderful job of raising children who love and serve God.

Gay Analogy? God Can And Does Bless Gay Relationships Which Are Within The Biblical Moral Framework - Committed, Faithful, Noncultic

Because our gay analogy meets these strict criteria and God blessed Amram and Jochebed’s forbidden relationship, we conclude that God can and does bless loving homosexual relationships which are within the Biblical moral framework - committed, faithful, noncultic.

There are four popular analogies which are used to validate Gay Relationships as blessed by God. Click here to examine these four popular analogies.

We’ve examined the Gay Analogy of Amram and Jochebed. Click here to examine the analogy of Abraham and Sarah and get a sneak peak at three more analogies which validate Gay Relationships.

Here is a real-life example of a prominent gay partnership in scripture, the amazing true love story of Jonathan and David is the greatest human love story in the Bible.

Jesus identified the sin of Sodom and it was not homosexuality.

The Babylonian Talmud has a lot to say about Sodom but never mentions homosexuality.

What was a sodomite in the Bible?

Was it a homosexual, as many conservative preachers insist or was a sodomite in the Bible always a shrine prostitute who worshipped the Canaanite fertility goddess?

Speaking of Analogies, Here are Five More, Strong Analogies in Scripture, for Affirming Gay Partnerships.

You’ve read about Gay Couples In The Bible. Click Here To Return To Gay Christian 101.com Home Page.

In Gay Christian 101: Spiritual Self-Defense For Gay Christians, I list 18 possible ways to interpret the Levitical Holiness Code, where it is alleged to deal with homosexuality. You can purchase this powerful new, 400 page book now.

Family Values in the Bible are so different from Traditional family values as taught by Focus On The Family that modern Christians would totally reject the "family values" practiced by Abraham and Sarah, Ruth and Boaz and many of the heroes of faith in the Old Testament.

Did you know that Christians are not required to keep the Old Testament Law to be right with God?

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