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Pro-Nudity Challenge No.2

Some other miscellaneous challenges to the Bible being pro-nudity:

Exodus 28:42 - "And you shall make for them linen breeches to cover their naked flesh; from the loins to the thighs they shall reach;"

Exodus 28:42 - Response:
Again, read in context! Exodus chapter 28 is all about the priestly uniform of Aaron's sons when (and only when) they officiate in Hebrew temple ceremonies.  In fact the very next verse specifically states that the linen breeches of verse 42 "shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when they go into the tent of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister in the holy place". Thus verse 42 applies:

  1. Only to Aaronic priests, and
  2. Only when acting as priests.

The rest of the time, God gave no prohibition to them in regard to going naked.
Verse 41 is in no way a prohibition of simple nudity for the common people.  In fact the context argues exactly the opposite.  Why would the Lord have to specify that Aaronic priests - only when officiating! - should wear pants over their "naked flesh" unless nudity was a common and unremarkable state of dress for ancient Israelites?
If God was really anti-nudity, why didn't he command all the Israelites to wear breeches over their naked flesh?  In fact there is no such commandment in the Bible, anywhere!

Leviticus 18:6 (and following verses) - "None of you shall approach any one near of kin to  him to uncover nakedness."

Leviticus 18:6 - Response:
Leviticus 18:6 and following verses are obviously about sexual nudity (Ervah) not simple nudity (Erom).  Here the Lord is specifying which relatives counted as incestuous sex when people had sex.  This is not about family skinny-dipping.

Genesis 9:22-23 - "And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.  [23] Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it upon both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father's nakedness."

Genesis 9:22-23 - Response:
Whatever Noah's "nakedness" was, it wasn't just about sleeping in the nude in his very own tent, and then being seen by his same-gender relatives.
If you as a Jew or Christian believe that is the case, do you believe that God has forbidden same-gender sports locker rooms?  If so then why aren't you campaigning to shut down the local YMCA as a den of iniquity?  (Oops, I guess that is a Christian organization, right?)
Or has God forbidden you to sleep in the nude in your own bed in your own room?  Get real.
Whatever this is about, it is about some sexual scandal (Ervah) not common nudity (Erom).

Habakkuk 2:15 (RSV) - "Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink of the cup of his wrath, and makes them drunk, to gaze on their shame!"
Habakkuk 2:15 (KJV) - "Woe unto him that giventh his neighbour drink, that puttest they bottle to him, and makes him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!"

Habakkuk 2:15 - Response:
It is interesting that the RSV doesn't even reference nakedness at all, but simply some sort of shame.
Regardless: Ervah, not Erom. This verse is about getting someone drunk and engaging in or viewing some sexual activity.

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