Learning to thrive in the new life Jesus offers us – 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

Equality and Gender Issues

Freebies for students of the New Testament

April 15th, 2015

I’ve just discovered two free online courses (of videoed lectures). One is presented by Dale Martin of Yale, and the other is presented by Ronald Pierce of Biola University. Bonus: How to use and search Google Books. Continue reading»

Lydia and the ‘Place of Prayer’ at Philippi

April 14th, 2015

What was the ‘place of prayer’ in Philippi where some women, including Lydia, had assembled (Acts 16:13-15)? Continue reading»

Count Z and an Egalitarian Revival

April 9th, 2015

In this short article Rob Dixon writes about the egalitarian views of Count Zinzendorf (b.1700) who once stated “If we put women in the corner we will lose a jewel.” Count Zinzendorf founded the (renewed) Moravians who excelled in evangelism and community life. Continue reading»

The Household Codes and Male Slaves with Female Masters

March 31st, 2015

One thing that I have noticed in recent conversations, is that when people think of the “masters” mentioned in the NT household codes, they tend to think of men. Many masters in NT times, however, were women. Continue reading»

Adam and Eve in Ancient Gnostic Literature, and 1 Timothy 2:13-14

March 9th, 2015

In this post I provide links to ancient Gnostic works which present Eve in a very different light to that of the Bible. In these texts Eve is sometimes described as Adam’s teacher and as giving life to him in some way. And, unlike 1 Timothy 2:14a, she is rarely, if ever, referred to as a sinner. Do these works help us to better understand Paul’s intent in 1 Timothy 2:13-14? Continue reading»

Adam named Eve because . . .

February 12th, 2015

Andrew Perriman critiques the complementarian notion that Adam naming Eve displays man’s authority over woman. Perriman explains that “naming in Scripture is a way of determining the essential character or identity or purpose of something or someone”, and he gives several examples from Genesis to prove his point. Continue reading»

1 Corinthians 11:9, in a Nutshell

January 26th, 2015

How are we to interpret “man was not created for woman, but woman for man” in 1 Corinthians 11:9? Continue reading»

Candace, Queen of the Ethiopians

January 24th, 2015

In his Church History, Eusebius mentions that, “Ethiopia even to the present day is ruled, according to ancestral custom, by a woman” (2.1.13 cf Acts 8:27). I found this piece of information intriguing and I went on a bit of a search to find out if there is some truth in his statement. As it turned out, there is.
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What did Paul mean by “A wife has no authority of her own body”?

January 7th, 2015

In this short post I look at what Paul meant by “A wife/husband does not have authority of her/his body” in 1 Corinthians 7:4. Continue reading»

Mary Consoles Eve

December 24th, 2014

I love this powerful image of Mary consoling Eve. Just look at their feet! Continue reading»

Was it Adam’s responsibility to relay God’s command to Eve?

December 19th, 2014

Was the first man given the responsibility of relaying God’s command about the forbidden fruit to the first woman? What does the Bible say? Continue reading»

A Sympathetic Look at Bathsheba

December 2nd, 2014

Bathsheba is described as a seductress by some, and as a conniving political opportunist by others, but I do not believe either of these descriptions match with how she is portrayed in Scripture. In this article I present a more sympathetic view of Bathsheba, and I aim to highlight, without imaginative or salacious embellishments, how the Scriptures depict her. Continue reading»

Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea (Part 7)

November 26th, 2014

I’ve finally got around to adapting and uploading the last bits of my essay on Deacons and Phoebe. I’ve backdated them to November so they appear sequentially on my website.
In part seven I briefly sum up what has been covered in the previous six parts. I also comment on the fact that, unlike other early Christian writers, Paul was not reticent in using the same ecclesial titles for both men and women ministers. Plus I comment on the trajectory of differentiating between men and women ministers, and greatly restricting the latter. Continue reading»

Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea (Part 6)

November 25th, 2014

In Part 6 we look at more evidence that deacons in the apostolic and post-apostolic period were travelling envoys and agents, and that some may have been teachers. Continue reading»

Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea (Part 5)

November 25th, 2014

In Part 5 of my series on Phoebe, I look at the passage concerning deacons in the church at Ephesus (1 Tim. 3:8-13). I also look at Phoebe as a prostatis (patron), and briefly compare her ministry with that of Olympias (one of Chrysostom’s patrons) and with that of Stephanas (1 Cor. 16:15-18). Continue reading»

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