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

Fear or Respect in Christian Marriage (Ephesians 5:33)?

Posted: May 13th, 2015, by Marg

Some Christians are puzzled over Paul’s instructions in Ephesians 5:33 where he says that a wife should “fear” (phobeō) her husband. Did Paul want wives to be afraid of their husbands? What is the connection between fear and respect? Continue reading»

Who was Chloe of Corinth?

Posted: April 26th, 2015, by Marg

Who was Chloe, a woman mentioned in 1 Corinthians 1:11? Was she a pagan or a Christian woman? Was she a concerned leader of a house church, or a quarrelsome leader of a faction? Continue reading»

Freebies for students of the New Testament

Posted: April 15th, 2015, by Marg

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

Posted: April 14th, 2015, by Marg

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

Posted: April 9th, 2015, by Marg

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

Posted: March 31st, 2015, by Marg

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»

Is John Piper using emotional blackmail?

Posted: March 28th, 2015, by Marg

Up until now I haven’t written a post just on John Piper, but in this post I express my concerns about his lack of propriety and wisdom in a quote newly posted (yet again) on The Gospel Coalition’s website. Continue reading»

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

Posted: March 9th, 2015, by Marg

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 . . .

Posted: February 12th, 2015, by Marg

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»

Eusebius and Letter Writing in the Early Church

Posted: February 5th, 2015, by Marg

I am amazed by the amount of letters and other documents that were composed by the early Christians.
I am jealous of Eusebius who had access to these at the library in Jerusalem; but I imagine that he would be even more jealous of the many surviving documents, including the all-important books and letters of the New Testament, that are now freely available on the internet.
(This post is part of an occasional series on Eusebius’ “Church History”.) Continue reading»

1 Corinthians 11:9, in a Nutshell

Posted: January 26th, 2015, by Marg

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

Posted: January 24th, 2015, by Marg

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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A newer translation of Eusebius’ “Church History”

Posted: January 20th, 2015, by Marg

For Christmas I received a new-ish translation of Eusebius’ Church History. I love this book! It fills in many gaps in what the New Testament tells us about the Apostolic Church, and more. Continue reading»

What did Paul mean by “A wife has no authority of her own body”?

Posted: January 7th, 2015, by Marg

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»

Top Posts of 2014

Posted: January 1st, 2015, by Marg

What have people been reading on NewLife? Here is a list of the top 10 most-read posts of 2014. Continue reading»

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