The Gospel of Bethany is charged with spiritual and erotic themes that delve deep into how God and religion are experienced by strong and enigmatic women. 



“By virtue of the holy priesthood and the authority vested in me, I pronounce you, Jude Marsini, mine for time and for all eternity; and I seal upon you the blessings of the holy resurrection, with power to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection, clothed in glory, immortality, and eternal life.”

Jude felt a sudden warm flash. He reached to Zina’s hand as though he was afraid that he was about to fall.

“Close your eyes.”

Again, Jude complied. Her lips touched his almost instantly. The kiss lasted a few seconds, but she moved down, kissing him over his shirt until she reached his waist. He felt her unbuckle his belt and pull down his pants and boxers; the Calvin Klein boxers he became attached to ever since he came across a large billboard in Princeton, the Calvin Klein boxers he had so far never removed in the presence of another man or woman. Jude was a virgin, a fact he didn’t enjoy thinking about. Until her hands touched his skin, he had not realized he was fully erect. In fact, he didn’t fully realize this until her lips made contact with him. First, she kissed gently. No one had ever done this to him, and never had he allowed such an image to cross his mind. He felt both of her hands on his lower back, and then he felt her take him in fully inside her mouth. His body jerked, and he came instantly. Her lips tightened around him. Everything that flowed out of him remained inside of her. She waited until the tension in his body eased, then she raised herself towards him. The first thing she noticed were his eyes, they were wet with tears.
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