A book claiming to be the world’s first ‘gay bible’ has been published to coincide with the debate on same-sex marriage. Titled the Queen James Bible, its editors claim that it is a re-working of the King James Bible translated in a way that ‘prevents homophobic misinterpretation of God’s Word’. The book which on it’s website is describes as the ‘big, fabulous Bible’ updates several passages from the original version that address homosexuality to make them more gay friendly.
For example this passage from Leviticus 18:22
King James Version: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.
Queen James Version: Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind in the temple of Molech: it is an abomination. (Page 75)
The Bible’s Author is listed as ‘God’ and contributor listed as ‘Jesus Christ’. It’s being sold on Amazon for $34.95 (£22, N5,500)
The Gay Bible’s website explains that “homosexuality was first overtly mentioned in the Bible in 1946 in the Revised Standard Version. There is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to this — only interpretations have been made.” The new edits are only “for interpretive clarity”.