Equality and Gender Issues

“Workers at home” or “keepers at home” in Titus 2:5?

September 23rd, 2014

In Titus 2:5, a verse about young wives, there is a word which is usually translated as “workers at home”, but the King James Bible has “keepers at home”. Which is the correct phrase? And is anything special meant by “keepers at home”? Continue reading»

The prominence of women in the cultic life of Ephesus

September 20th, 2014

Many people believe that the instructions about women in 1 Timothy 2:9-15 should be interpreted with the understanding that women in Ephesus enjoyed a higher status and prominence than many other women in the first century Greco-Roman world. This article briefly looks at evidence that some Ephesian women held the position of high-priestess (and other offices) in pagan cults. And it looks briefly at whether the culture of prominent women in the cults encouraged Christian women to behave inappropriately in the Christian community of Ephesus. Continue reading»

Why masculine pronouns can be misleading in English Bibles and in the Church

September 11th, 2014

Grammatical gender in the original languages of the Bible is a concept that many English speakers find difficult to grasp, and there are many misunderstandings surrounding it. These misunderstandings can adversely influence discussions on God and gender, discussions about the church, and discussions about gender inclusive Bible translations. This post includes a short, entertaining video where Tom Scott explains why we need to use gender inclusive plural pronouns so that we do not imply a gender bias when none is intended. Continue reading»

What was the ‘job description’ of Jesus’ apostles?

August 29th, 2014

One subject that I keep mulling over is what it means to be a leader and have authority in the church. Did Jesus commission his first disciples as leaders? What was their job description? Continue reading»

Western-Style ‘Biblical Womanhood’ and the Wider World

August 18th, 2014

Here is a link to one of the best articles I have ever read on so-called ‘biblical womanhood’. In this article Jenny Rae Armstrong writes that “the privileged frivolities of Western homemaking” have nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus. Continue reading»

5 questions about Adam’s role in Genesis 2 and 3

August 11th, 2014

In this post I have a go at answering these five questions about Adam’s prominence in chapters 2 and 3 of Genesis:
1. Did God call the man only in Genesis 3:9?
2. Is it significant that God spoke to the man first in Genesis 3:9-12?
3. Did God drive the woman out of Eden too in Genesis 3:23-24?
4. Was it Adam’s responsibility to convey God’s command to the woman (Gen. 2:16-17)?
5. Does Adam’s task of naming the animals in Genesis 2:19-20 suggest that he had more authority than the woman? Or even authority over the woman? Continue reading»

Using Logos Bible Software

August 8th, 2014

I’m new to using Logos Bible Software. The first lot of books that have been “unlocked” for me is a well-chosen collection of seven books published by Baker Books called “Women in the Church Collection”. Take a look. Continue reading»

Kenegdo: Is the woman in Genesis 2 subordinate, suitable, or similar to the man?

August 1st, 2014

What does the Hebrew word “kenegdo” mean in the expression “ezer kenegdo” found in Genesis 2:18 & 20? Does it mean that God made the first woman to be a subordinate help? A suitable help? Or a similar help?

In this article I look at the meaning and grammar of the Hebrew word “kenegdo”, and at the way it is translated in the Septuagint, the ancient Greek Translation of the Old Testament. Continue reading»

Apostles in the New Testament Church

July 20th, 2014

In this article I look at the men and women who were apostles in the New Testament church, and at their qualifications. I also look at what they did as apostles. Continue reading»

Egalitarian Books and Resources on Marriage

July 14th, 2014

Here are ten books, or resources, on Christian marriage that are suitable for engaged couples, married couples, marriage counselors and coaches, and pastors. They all have an egalitarian, or mutualist, perspective.

Do you have experience with these resources? Are there others that should be added to this list? Continue reading»

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