The Meaning of “Abomination” and “Homosexuality” as Biblical Terms

I came across an interesting article about Mosaic Law and the Hebrew meaning and interpretation of the word “Abomination”.  We hear this word so often when linked with Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 but what exactly does this word “Abomination” really mean and how does it apply to these Scripture verses in relation to other uses of the word elsewhere in the Bible?

And if we are going to evaluate the meaning of the word “Abomination”, why not investigate the definitions of “homosexuality” as well as referenced in the Old Testament and how the Apostle Paul uses it or perceives it in his letter to the Romans.  Is the homosexuality he is criticizing in Rome the same as the homosexuality condemned in the Leviticus or Old Testament passages that reference Egyptian homosexuality or Canaanite homosexuality or ritualistic and ceremonial prostitution to false idols and gods?

Here is the link from

The Mosaic Code and the Hebrew Word To’ebah

From the Religious Right and Conservative Fundamentalists, there seems to be a hardened focus on homosexuality as THE SIN to the exclusion of all other sins outlined in Deuteronomy or Leviticus or Exodus and it should raise flags in every LGBT mind as to why this is.  It is about discrimination, it is about conservatives’ feeling discomfort around homosexuality, it is about fear, it is about ignorance, and most definitely it is about myth and misinformation stemming from inaccurate portrayals and understandings of what homosexuality is.  It is about gross generalizations and the perpetuating of negative stereotypes based on assumptions and false information or the absence of information and fact.

The truth is, the very people who condemn the LGBT community have very little actual exposure to the LGBT community.  Very few Christian Conservatives have ever actually met a gay person or a transgender person or a lesbian face-to-face.  They base what they know and what they suspect on second-hand information or sometimes from sources that are even more far-removed.  If fellow Christians– Conservative or otherwise– had the benefit of at least meeting us, getting to know the good in us, then perhaps their views of us and who we are as people rather than just sexual beings would open their hearts and minds.


About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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