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

Gender in Genesis 1-3

Is a Gender Hierarchy Implicit in the Creation Narrative of Genesis 2:4–25?

May 9th, 2017

Here’s a paper I presented back in September 2015. The paper was published in a book, The Gender Conversation, in 2016. Just recently, the book has been made available as an affordable e-book. Continue reading»

Adam was created first, and this means . . .

March 3rd, 2017

Does the Genesis story that Adam was created first mean that men have a greater authority than women? The concept of primogeniture does have a place in the community of Jesus’ followers, but not in the way that some suggest it does. Continue reading»

Is it he, she, they or we who crush the serpent’s head? (Genesis 3:15)

December 20th, 2016

I’ve been using the Common English Bible and was surprised to read God say to the snake, “They will strike your head.” Other translations of Genesis 3:15 have he, she or it will strike… What is the correct understanding of who will attack the serpent (i.e. the devil)? Is it us? Continue reading»

A Better Translation of Genesis 3:16?

October 4th, 2016

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the ESV’s revised translation of Genesis 3:16, Matt Lynch summarises Andrew Macintosh’s 2016 paper on the Hebrew word teshuqah (traditionally translated as “desire” in Genesis 3:6.) Is teshuqah better translated as “single-minded concentration” or “devotion”? Continue reading»

Do women have a special obligation to be helpers?

March 9th, 2016

Does “a suitable helper for him” in Genesis 2:18 & 20 speak about a defining gender role for women? Does the Bible teach that all women are the auxiliaries, or helpers, of men? Continue reading»

Teshuqah: The Woman’s “Desire” in Genesis 3:16

November 7th, 2015

The Hebrew word teshuqah is rare and obscure, but is usually translated as “desire” in Genesis 3:16: “your desire will be for your husband.” What does this mean? Continue reading»

Kenegdo = Equal to Him (Genesis 2:18 & 20)

October 16th, 2015

This brief post looks at the telling way the Hebrew word kenegdo—used in the context of the creation of Eve in Genesis 2:18 & 20—is translated in a respected Afrikaans version of the Bible. Continue reading»

Are Men Accountable for their Wives’ Actions?

October 8th, 2015

Are men accountable for their wives’ actions? This article looks at the accountability of Eve (pre-patriarchy) and of Sapphira (post-Pentecost) Continue reading»

“Head” and “Headship” in Genesis 1-3

October 1st, 2015

Is the concept of “male headship” present in Genesis chapters 1-3 as some complementarians argue? How is the Hebrew word for “head” (rosh) used in these three chapters? Continue reading»

Is Adam solely responsible for the first sin?

August 9th, 2015

Does Romans 5:12-21 teach us that God holds Adam, and not Eve, ultimately responsible and accountable for the first sin? How does Paul use the example of Adam in this passage? Continue reading»

What Eve’s statement to the serpent tells us

August 7th, 2015

Did God give Adam the responsibility of telling Eve the command about the forbidden fruit as some suggest? Eve’s statement to the serpent in Genesis 3:2-3 may hold the answer. Continue reading»

Adam and Eve in Ancient Gnostic Literature (cf 1 Tim. 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. 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”? Does 1 Corinthians 11:9 indicate that service or submission is the responsibility of women and not men? Continue reading»

The Virgin Mary Consoles Eve

December 24th, 2014

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

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