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»
Equality and Gender Issues
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»