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Biblical Perspectives on Procreation and Childlessness

by Baden, Joel S.Moss, Candida R.

In the Book of Genesis, the first words God speaks to humanity are “Be fruitful and multiply.” From ancient times to today, these words have been understood as a divine command to procreate. Fertility is viewed as a sign of blessedness and moral uprightness, while infertility is associated with sin and moral failing. RECONCEIVING INFERTILITY explores traditional interpretations such as these, providing a more complete picture of how procreation and childlessness are depicted in the Bible.

RECONCEIVING INFERTILITY demonstrates that the Bible speaks in many voices about infertility, and lays a biblical foundation for a more supportive religious environment for those suffering from infertility today.

Candida R. Moss is professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame.
Joel S. Baden is professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School.

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