Our scriptures (the Bible and later) are full of people who sinned. Every kind of sin, including murder and sexual sins. The sinners are both from our people as well as non-Jews. Some of the sinners repent, others receive Godly or earthly punishment.

Nevertheless, there are no homosexuals in the Bible. Yes, sexual relationships between men are forbidden. But there are no concrete example of homosexuals in the Bible and as far as I know in later sources.

As opposed to other sinners (killers, adulterers, rapists, etc).

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    How many characters in the Bible sleep with their granddaughters? Every kind of sin is definitely not represented (nor is that surprising) – Double AA Oct 26 '18 at 13:30
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    Many sins are not mentioned because they do not have a specific reference to the needed story. – sabbahillel Oct 26 '18 at 13:32
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    "and as far as I know in later sources" Do you mean to include Midrashim that attribute homosexual behavior to various characters or are you only seeking explicit examples in the text? – Double AA Oct 26 '18 at 13:32
  • U. Man, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks for bringing your question here! I look forward to seeing you around! – Isaac Moses Oct 26 '18 at 13:39
  • Like @DoubleAA mentioned, if you're willing to accept Midrashic interpretations, you don't have to go far to find examples. Offhand, I can think of 2 examples by the time Noach rolls around: Rashi to Genesis 9:22 and the Midrash quoted in this answer. – Salmononius2 Oct 26 '18 at 13:59

In this week’s Torah portion parshat Vayeira Genesis 19,5 it says about the wicked people of Sedom who got destroyed because of their sins:

וַיִּקְרְא֤וּ אֶל־לוֹט֙ וַיֹּ֣אמְרוּ ל֔וֹ אַיֵּ֧ה הָאֲנָשִׁ֛ים אֲשֶׁר־בָּ֥אוּ אֵלֶ֖יךָ הַלָּ֑יְלָה הוֹצִיאֵ֣ם אֵלֵ֔ינוּ וְנֵדְעָ֖ה אֹתָֽם׃
And the men of Sedom called to Lot and they said to him: "where are the men you invited tonight bring them out, so that we should cohabit with them*"

*Rashi:"(ונדעה אתם" - במשכב זכר כמו אשר לא ידעו איש (ב"ר

In fact, that's where the term sodomy comes from.

Also the very parsha that that prohibits homosexuality says that the people of the land of Knaan did such abominations and G-d was disgusted by their actions and threw them out of the land in Leviticus chapter 18:

ואת זכר לא תשכב משכבי אשה תועבה הוא....אל תטמאו בכל אלה כי בכל אלה נטמאו הגוים אשר אני משלח מפניכם...ותטמא הארץ ואפקד עונה עליה ותקא הארץ את ישביה...כי את כל התועבת האל עשו אנשי הארץ אשר לפניכם ותטמא הארץ
Don't practice homosexuallity it is an abomination... Don't do these abominations because the nations which i am throwing out of the land did these impure actions... The land became impure i remembered its sins and the land (of Knaan) regurgitated its inhabitents... For all these abominations they did and the land became contaminated from their sins.

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    Also Shoftim/Judges 19:22. – ezra Oct 26 '18 at 16:03
  • I'm pretty sure that there's also a reference in Melachim to male prostitutes being thrown out of the Mikdash by Yoshiyahu – Noach MiFrankfurt Oct 26 '18 at 18:15

Of course there is also the relationship between David and Jonathan, which while though never physically consummated, probably indicates a love and intimacy going beyond friendship. Of course the traditional commentators do not take this view, but many modern scholars convincingly argue the point. For examples:

For examples, from the Wikipedia article "David and Jonathan":

David's praise in 2 Samuel 1:26 for Jonathan's 'love' (for him) over the 'love' of women is considered evidence for same-sex attraction, along with Saul's exclamation to his son at the dinner table, "I know you have chosen the son of Jesse - which is a disgrace to yourself and the nakedness of your mother!" The "choosing" (bahar) may indicate a permanent choice and firm relationship, and the mention of "nakedness" (erwa) could be interpreted to convey a negative sexual nuance, giving the impression that Saul saw something indecent in Jonathan and David's relationship.

and . . .

Susan Ackerman also believes that there is highly eroticized language present in six different sections in the Hebrew Bible in regards to the relationship of David and Jonathan.[32] The six sections she mentions are 1) David and Jonathan's first meeting in 1 Sam. 18:1-18:4 2) the most important description of David and Jonathan's first few meetings in 1 Sam 19:1-19:7. 3) the incident of Saul berating Jonathan for his friendship with David in 1 Sam 20:30-20:34 4) David fleeing from the court of King Saul in 1 Sam. 20:1-20:42 5) the description of David and Jonathan's final meeting in 1 Sam. 23:15-23:18 and 6) David's lament (the Song of the Bow) for Saul and Jonathan. Of these six examples, Ackerman identifies the most important example being the last one (the Song of the Bow) due to David's assertion that Jonathan's love to David "was more wonderful than the love of women."

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    Poe's law applies to sexual undertones about as much as sarcasm. Anything could sound sexual if you want it to. That doesn't make it convincing. – Double AA Oct 26 '18 at 18:00
  • @DoubleAA, I guess that's all in the eye of the beholder. I've read shmuel many times and David/Jonathan's relationship is in my mind clearly more than mere friendship. – Ben G Oct 26 '18 at 18:33
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    @BenG Many Christian scholars read TOT many times and it’s clear to them that TNT overruled the former - doesn’t make their interpretation true. Your reading, and the “many modern scholars[‘]”, is highly influenced by the backdrop of society. I’d be grateful if you can find a single commentator (albeit, a scholar) pre-20th century who argued this. – Oliver Oct 26 '18 at 20:51

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