It’s that long robe thing, it throws people.
The New York Times on Saturday gave Rabbi Mark Sameth a platform to boost his radical interpretation of Hebrew scripture — that the God of Abraham is a “He/She,” and that many in the ancient world practiced “gender fluidity.” Sameth rehashed his eight-year-old theory that “counter to everything we grew up believing, the God of Israel…was understood by its earliest worshipers to be a dual-gendered deity.” He also claimed that “the Hebrew Bible, when read in its original language, offers a highly elastic view of gender,” and contended that Adam, Eve, and other biblical figures had “well-expressed gender fluidity.”
The rabbi led his op-ed piece, “Is God Transgender?,” by revealing that about four decades ago, “a cousin of mine…became one of the first people in America to undergo sex-reassignment surgery…Paul Monroe Grossman…had been a beloved music teacher in New Jersey. She was fired after her surgery, and she subsequently lost her lawsuit for wrongful termination based on sex discrimination.” He soon added that “for the first time it is possible to imagine a ruling from a fully seated Supreme Court to comprehensively outlaw discrimination against transgender people. There is real reason to be hopeful, even if social prejudices don’t disappear overnight.”