Paul, the Goddess Religions, and Queer Sects: Romans 1:23-28

  title={Paul, the Goddess Religions, and Queer Sects: Romans 1:23-28},
  author={J. Townsley},
  journal={Journal of Biblical Literature},
  pages={707 - 728}
  • J. Townsley
  • Published 2011
  • History
  • Journal of Biblical Literature
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