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DAVID & JONATHAN (1000 bce)

After killing the Philistine giant, Goliath, the young hero David was brought before Saul, the first king of Israel. Saul’s eldest son Jonathan instantly fell in love with the handsome young warrior, and stripped off his own robe and armor and placed them upon David. When Jonathan was killed by the Philistines on Mt. Gilboa, David mourned and said: “greatly beloved were you to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women”. The story of David and Jonathan is told in the Old Testament of the Bible, in books 1 and 2 Samuel.
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nefersobekhotep Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
You are messed up for doing this.
MeteoDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you liked it. :D
Red-Jirachi-2 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
It's scenes like this that make me wonder if they actually were homophobic back then
ThatFreakyZephyr Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful you include this. 
I hate to see people looking at this and yelling "its a sin" when it isn't. 
The part about gay relationships was added in the 1900s. 
This is shown in the bible without it being condemned. David didm't have to repent or cry out in guilt like when he had that affair with Bathsheba. Indeed, David was Bisexual. And he had great favor with the Lord. If God didn't mind David loving a man, who are we to step in and say its wrong to love your own gender? He created some of us to be gay. And he has no problem with it. So, why are we condemning a part of our being that God intended? He never condemned committed, lifelong, monogamous relationships of ANY gender. The only problem was using our bodies for other false gods or being reckless. 
Other interesting facts:
In the old testament, the Mosaic law ACTUALLY prohibited men from sleeping in the same bed as women due to menstrual blood being unclean. The verse is loosely translated as "Men should not sleep with a man in the same bed as a woman." Not "men shall not lay with a man as a woman."
Ruth told Naomi (Her mother in law) she loved her as Adam loved Eve. This is one of the mentioning of lesbians in the Bible.
David was Bisexual (as mentioned above)
Jesus affirmed a gay couple.
The Enuchs were gay men who played major roles in the first churches.
Jesus mentions his returning and mentions "two men sleeping together and one disappearing" meaning, Jesus affirmed gay marriage. 
The verses people refer to when saying gay marriage is a sin actually condemned other acts. 
Such as:
Child molestation,
Self Harm,
I fully support ya. I'm a Christ following lesbian.
Snoopykatlover Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
I beg you please oh PLEEASSEEE DELETE THIS then ask God for Forgiveness!! How dare u lie in the face of these Devianarters and say that Davis and Jonathan was gay!! NO !! :angry: :angry:  David was a man of God if you knew Him you'd understand that He would repulse by this!!!How dare you perevert their words and their meanings. don't Be held accountable for people going to Helll by telling the "Okay to be gay, Man of God , David was so it's Fine" no it os not nor will vere be just as smoking, swearing, lieng,cheating, stealing,having sex outside marriage, unholy union between man and man andwomen and women, gossip and every otherthing outside of God.
LuminoEsperanza Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the drawing completely, David and Jonathan, whom you read the Bible, you can see quite possible that they were very fond, intimate hug loving gesture.
And then the testimony of David when Jonathan died, that Jonathan was his great love, and he was better than a woman (is so in the Bible, anyone who thinks there was nothing against homosexuals is quite dear)
However, for me it is more a story playhouse with homo erotic, whether intentionally or not, is also questionable (what the author was thinking at that time, but in the ancient world was all homoerotic)
More such beautiful drawings, I wish I even like the very Ancient Times.
Lolipop01 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
David and Jonathan weren't gay...

No sin was edited out and it never says God accepts it just because it's in the bible. The act of homosexuality is stated to be a sin ten times in the bible. Every time David sinned he felt bad for it later and tried to be a person after God's own heart. Homosexuality was not one of the sins he committed, although he did commit adultery.

The love David and Jonathan felt for each other was not sexual but of an ideal friendship. The quote "your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women." is not gay. The original word in Hebrew for "love" was more political with the woman likely referring to his wife whom he had to work hard for.

Now, I'm not "homophobic". No extreme fear of gay people. Just letting it out there the truth about David and Jonathan's relationship.

David looks good in the picture, by the way.
dderyubtaeb Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Ok so this is false. It is also stated that David was a dear person to him in the way of a!!! Not what you are portraying. And loving someone more than a woman was common when it came to the Bible and faith. Christians are to love Christ more than anything and you can love someone in a family way more that the love of a "woman" as you put it. This is entirely misrepresented.
If the assumption is that it is impossible to love someone and force it to be an intimate love, the regular bounds of family are false in every way.
JulietteDied Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Can we get some lesbian loving? Sorry if it sounds insulting or as if I'm complaining, I'm really now, this is a lovely gallery about queer history. However, I'd like to see more Queer couples, not just cis gay men. It's a suggestion, nothing more.
izzyisozaki Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
he's a male (likely homosexual) why should he have to? one draws what they find most appealing.
JulietteDied Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
It was merely a suggestion. Besides, it hurts no one to support both sides of the question, especially knowing that homosexual relationships between women were intentionally erased from history.

he's a male (likely homosexual)

Oh, sorry, I wasn't aware that to know love's many forms you have to be gay. Forgive me, I guess I should draw only polysexual women.
izzyisozaki Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
That's beyond the point, I realize your concern but I simply understand the pov of the artist invested into one side of something. It's like asking a heterosexual female (great contributors to male homosexual artwork area) to draw lesbian things when they may definitely not be of their tastes despite obvious support for such relationships. I definitely didn't care to draw women together before I was a bit older; an artist should follow what they are emotionally drawn to.
envylovr Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YES! I dislike it when people claim that the bible proves that "God hates homosexuals." The english translation of the bible does not have the exact meanings as the original bible, and passages like these are often long-forgotten. ;~;
ForTheLoveofSatire Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Goliath's facial expression is representative of how homophobes feel towards this more-than-platonic moment between David and Jonathan.
EchoTheWhiteWolf Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Goliath must be a homophobe. Look at that disgusted look on his face.
Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
That's great :D
godofwarlover Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Homophobes apparently forget that passage
fanaticfic Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
lol Goliath looks funny.. kinda takes away from the scene
AteMozzarella Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Student General Artist
This is the best form of debate against homophobia in form of religion xD

Aw, so lovely D: I admit, even if it's symbolic, the Goliath head still puts me off a wee bit.
CarnieBoys Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Wow... I admit I had no idea..
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