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 'This is heresy': Cambridge dean claims Jesus was transgender, — Daily Mail

Reflections on such a delicate topic were heard during a sermon in the Anglican Church. Eyewitnesses said that they left the service in insulted feelings, and some even left in tears.

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The dean of the University of Cambridge in the UK, Michael Benner, has defended a junior research fellow whose sermon last Sunday about Jesus Christ having a “trans body” sparked outrage and accusations of heresy from parishioners. According to the Daily Mail, a certain Joshua Heath, reflecting on the plot of medieval religious paintings, concluded that Jesus was transgender, since the wound in his side, according to Heath, has a vaginal appearance.

To illustrate his point of view Heath used the 1400 painting “Pieta with the Holy Trinity” by Jean Maluel, exhibited in the Louvre, as well as an image in the 14th-century Prayer Book of Bonna of Luxembourg. His sermon during an Anglican service, which was also attended by children, caused indignation among the parishioners, who, leaving the church, shouted the words: “This is heresy!”

“If the body of Christ in these works is both masculine and feminine, if the body of Christ in these works suggests a body of all bodies, then his body is also a body of trances,” Heath said.

One of the eyewitnesses later wrote a letter to the rector, where he described his condition after the lecture researcher. According to him, Heath's “truly shocking” sermon made him feel unwanted in the church, and his companion felt insulted.

“I left the service in tears. I despise the idea that by making a hole in a man through which he can be penetrated, he can become a woman,” wrote a parishioner.

However, Michael Banner defended Heath . The sermon, he says, suggests that we can think of these images of the male and female body of Christ as ways of thinking about issues related to transgenderism today.

“For myself, I believe that this assumption was legitimate, regardless of whether you, I or someone else agree with such an interpretation, whether you say something different about this artistic tradition or resist it applied to contemporary questions about transsexualism,” Banner said.

The Jerusalem Post published a suggestion that the head of the famous biblical character Goliath was buried within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It is noted that searches are now being carried out to prove that he was buried there – in the place where Jesus also rests.