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SACRED MARRIAGE PARTICIPANT'S GUIDE and life-changing journey that shapes our souls and connects us with God and each other. Talk About It. May 31, Download Download Sacred Marriage Participant's Guide: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?. This special edition two-in-one book and devotional includes: Sacred Marriage Starting with the discovery that the goal of marriage goes beyond personal.

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Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.

Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.

Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.

In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation.

Winona Lake, IN: Bottero and Petschow, 'Homosexualitat," For example, see CAD K s. Lambert, in his article "Prostitution," in AufienseiLer unci Randgruppen ed. Haas; Konstanz: Universitatsverlag, , , esp. Sacred Prostitution in Antiquity," Sacred Marriage and the Devotees of Istar 81 bedfellow" salilu tabu and "lover" habbubu. Nonetheless, these devotees were not a uniform group.

The following sections will illuminate the differences among these three groups. Ass in mi Of the three groups assinmis, kurgarrus, and kulu'us , the assinnus are die best documented. The assinnus appear in Mesopotamian sources as devotees of Istar from Sumerian times until the Neo-Assyrian period.

Their gender is definitely ambiguous: According to Istar's Descent to the Under- world, if a person fell ill, it may have indicated that Istar—after being freed Gender and History 9 A Reconsideration of the Evidence," UF 30 Dono- hue and Mark D. Fullcrton; New York: Cambridge University Press, , Heinrich Zimmern, "Der Schenkenlicbeszauber: Leick, Sex and Eroticism, The ritual tablet is published by W.

Hans Goedicke and J. Johns Hopkins University Press, , Especially the kulu'us see below, pp. Nissinen, Homoewticism, Bottcro and Petschow, "Flomosexualitat," In addition to "dog," however, ur can also mean a young man, a servant, a warrior, or an enemy John Halloran, Sumerian Lexicon: Version 3.

See CAD A s. Be- cause the assinnu saves Istar in the myth, it was thought that the presence of an assinnu would also release a sick person from illness in real life. The illness that has seized me—may he make it go out of the window.

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The assinnu Selebum prophesies in ARM 26 and The title assinnu is not mentioned in no. In ARM 26 , the assinnu lli-haznaya prophesies.


Although there are no references to assinnus as prophets from the Neo-Assyrian period, there are two or possibly three prophets who are described as both men and women: Baya,41 Ilussa-amur,42 and Issar-la-tasiyat.

Kurgarru Kurgarrus Sumerian kur. In Akkadian texts, they often appear with assinnus.

See also Maul, "kurgatru und assinnu," Walter Farber, Beschwdrungsrituale an Istar und Dumuzi: Franz Steiner, , Gurney, "igi. According to Parpola Assyrian Prophecies, il , the ambiguity of gender dumu vRv. Although the name Ilussa-amur is spelled with a feminine determinative, mi, the gentilic adjective in SAA 9 1: The masculine and divine determinatives are written over the originally writ- ten mi' in the beginning of the name SAA 9 1: Mesopotamian, Biblical and Arabian Perspective ed.

Society of Biblical Literature, , , esp. According to Parpola Assyrian Prophecies, 1 , Issar-la-tasiyat is a male prophet. See CAD K s. According to a Neo-Assyrian document, a per- son had to be taught for two years and five months in the art of kurgarrutu "being a kurgarru".

The dance, accompanied by music, probably involved bloodletting, possibly in a trance.


The kurgarrus also performed in ritual games with skipping ropes and bawdy speech. The galas appear in temple records beginning in the middle of the Pontifical Biblical Insti- tute, , 54, line Royal Asiatic Society, , CAD K s.

Roscoe, "Priests of the Goddess," Although keppu is conventionally translated "skipping-rope," other views have also been presented. See also Dominique Collon, First Impressions: British Museum, , and seals Carl Frank, Studien zur babylonischen Religion Strassburg: They are usually mentioned alongside female mourners and wailers. The best-known evidence is the Sumerian proverb: The negative attitude toward the ga- las is also reflected in the term itself, which was written using the signs "penis" gis and "anus" dur.

In an Old Babylonian poetic composition, Enki creates the galas specifically for this function. The hymns were ap- parently accompanied with harps or drums. The chief gala gala. Harrassowitz, , Lapinkivi, The Sumerian Sacred Marriage, Frymer-Kensky, In the Wake of the Goddesses, Edmund Gordon, Sumerian Proverbs: University Museum, , , proverb 2. Piotr Steinkeller and J. Eisenbrauns, , Samuel Kramer, "BM The Fashioning of the gala" Acta Sumerologica 3 Sacred Marriage and the Devotees of Istar 85 rank among the officials of the city,61 and there may also have been guilds and families of galas,62 possibly even female galas.

A Sumerian Inanna-hymn mentions that the power "to turn a man into a woman and a woman into a man are yours, Inanna. The dagger- bearer, bearers of razors, pruning-knives, and flint blades, who frequently do abominable66 acts to please the heart of Istar. Some scholars speculate that it was simply a matter of cross- See also CAD G s. Menzel suggests that gala. She suggests that, in the Assyrian period, the term was used to separate the galas who were officially established as temple staff from the regular, secular galas who acted outside the temple Menzel, Assyrische Tempel , For ap- prentice galas, see also CAD H s.

Ake W. Sjoberg, "in. See also H.

Limet, "Le poeme epique Innina et Ebih': Une version des lignes a ," Or 40 For the dates, see J. Taboo acts, forbidden to regular persons. According to Cagni L'Epopea di Erra, , , line 58 , the lext should probably be complemented to i-tak- ka-lu a-[sah-ka. For example, see Groneberg, "Ein Ritual an Istar," , esp. Even eunuchs who did not perform cultic duties seem to have had close relationships with Istar. This is also the conclusion of Nissinen, who argues that supporting evidence can be found Supponing the castration theory, see, for example, Parpola, Assyrian Prophe- cies, xxxiv; Lambert, "Prostitution," ; and Bottero and Petschow, "Homosex- ualitat," Children are mentioned in Edward Chiera.

Geuthner, , text , line 3; and SAA 14 See Nissinen, Homoeroticism, Festschrift fur Wolfram Freiherrn von Soden ed. Neukirchener Verlag, , , esp.Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.

But marriage reminds us of the daily reality of living as sinful human beings in a radically broken world. Sacred Marriage doesn't just offer techniques to make a marriage happier. We cannot successfully demand the love of a woman or the love of God. Just as celibates use abstinence and religious hermits use isolation, so we can use marriage for the same purpose—to grow in our service, obedience, character, pursuit, and love of God.

Yet that was the question I had asked myself as a single man virtually every Saturday before I was married.

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