The Greek word(s) for "homosexual?"

From: Kyle Dillon (
Date: Sat Oct 03 1998 - 03:27:26 EDT

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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>In 1 Corinthians 6:9, we find the two Greek
words, ARSENOKOITAI and MALAKOI, which may or may not deal with the practice of
homosexuality. Have their definitions been established from extra-biblical
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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>It would seem as though MALAKOS is in clear
reference to a passive male homosexual as used in 1 Corinthians 6:9. In
Polycarp's Epistle to the Philippians, he calls it a lust. And the only times
MALAKOS is used in conjunction with lust in Greek texts, it refers to a passive
male homosexual. Can anyone verify this?</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>Very rarely is ARSENOKOITHS found outside the
Bible. Is it possible that Paul made up this word? If so, what does it mean, and
how is it used in Greek literature? I have often heard that it is used in
reference to male temple prostitutes (or sometimes pederasts), but I have been
unable to find any example in Greek texts where this is true.</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>(I apologize if this topic has already been
discussed/resolved in previous threads on this list.)</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>Kyle Dillon</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>


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