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

Greco-Roman Culture

Women’s Hair in Corinth and in Sydney

June 5th, 2017

Was Paul concerned about women’s hair or veils in ancient Corinth?
Would he be concerned about it in 21st-century Sydney?
I wrote this piece in response to the recent Equip 17 women’s conference. Continue reading»

Wealthy Women in the First-Century Roman World and in the Church

April 19th, 2017

Not all first-century women fit the stereotype of being hidden and housebound. In this discussion I look at how wealthy women were influential and prominent in society and in the church. Continue reading»

Tertullian on Equality and Mutuality in Marriage

September 4th, 2016

Tertullian, famous for once describing women as “the devil’s gateway”, wrote some wonderful things about equality and mutuality in marriage. He did not regard the household code in Ephesians as either comprehensive or prescriptive. Continue reading»

The Regalia of Artemis Ephesia

July 23rd, 2016

This essay looks at the distinctive appearance of Artemis of Ephesus, and at what her items of clothing symbolise. A short history of the goddess is also included to help explain her importance and power. Continue reading»

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

September 23rd, 2014

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

The prominence of women in the cults of Ephesus

September 20th, 2014

This article looks at evidence that some Ephesian women held the position of high-priestess (and other offices) in pagan cults. Did this culture of prominent women in the cults encourage Christian women to behave inappropriately in the Christian community of Ephesus. Continue reading»

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