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Gender in Genesis 1-3

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

August 11th, 2014

In this post I have a go at answering these 5 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»

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

August 1st, 2014

What does the Hebrew word “kenegdo” mean in the phrase “ezer kenegdo” found in Genesis 2:18 & 20? Was the first woman made 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»

Blaming Eve Alone

January 23rd, 2014

Was Eve alone when the serpent spoke to her? Is Eve solely to be blamed for the downfall of mankind? What does Genesis 3:6 say about this?
In this post I give a summary of Julie Parker’s essay, “Blaming Eve Alone: Translation, Omission, and Implications of עמה in Genesis 3:6b” JBL 132, no. 4 (2013). Continue reading»

The Human (Ha’adam), Man (Ish) and Woman (Ishshah) in Genesis 2

December 5th, 2013

In this post I highlight the Hebrew words for human, man and woman in the text of Genesis 2:4-25 to help non-Hebrew readers see that the first human may not necessarily have been male. Continue reading»

Men and Women in Genesis 1

August 31st, 2013

Genesis 1 tells us about God’s creation of men and women, and their equal status and function. This message of equality is lost in some interpretations tainted by ancient Greek influences. Continue reading»

1 Timothy 2:12 in Context (Part 5)

April 17th, 2013

Why are Adam and Eve mentioned immediately after Paul’s prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12?
What does Paul mean by salvation and childbirth in 1 Timothy 2:15? Continue reading»

The Complementarian Concept of “The Created Order”

October 20th, 2012

In support of their views of male authority and female submission, Complementarians place a great deal of importance on the created order related in Genesis 2:4-25. Continue reading»

Women, Eve and Deception

August 19th, 2012

Does the Bible teach that women are more easily deceived, or more deceptive, than men? In this article I take a quick look at what the Bible says about women and deception, and especially at Eve. Continue reading»

“A Suitable Helper” (in the Septuagint)

December 28th, 2010

How does the Septuagint translate “a suitable helper for him” in Genesis 2:18 and 2:20? In particular, what is the Greek word translated as “helper” here? Continue reading»

A Suitable Helper (in Hebrew)

March 8th, 2010

In the past, many people have had a narrow and lowly view of the meaning of “helper” (ezer) used for Eve in Genesis 2:18 & 20. How is ezer used elsewhere in the Hebrew Old Testament?

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