Re: 1 Co 6:9 -- malakoi & arsenokoitai

From: Carl William Conrad (
Date: Sat Feb 08 1997 - 10:05:56 EST

On Sat, 8 Feb 1997, Steven L. wrote:

> I am involved in a discussion about whether homosexuality is sinful or not.
> And I was wondering if anyone could help me with these two words:
> malakoi
> arsenokoitai
> Some translations have "malakoi" as "effeminate" and some have it as "male
> prostitutes".
> Likewise, for "arsenokoitai" some translations have "homosexuals" and some
> have "sodomites".
> The RSV only has the one item "sexual perverts".
> Could you tell me what's going on here. Thanks.

There are two very long strings on this matter in the archives that should
be checked at the web site. I would hope we might avoid another lengthy
string on this--I think there are even plenty of flames in those archives,
quite enough to suit people who have very heated opinions on the matter.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO, USA 63130
(314) 935-4018 OR

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