December 5th, 2013
In Genesis 2 we have the creation account of the first human being. Most English translations use the word “man” for the first human, and most people assume this first human was male. However, in the Hebrew the first person is not referred to as a male human (ish) until after the “operation” in Genesis 2:21-22. In this post I highlight the Hebrew words for human, man and woman in the text of Genesis 2:4ff to make it clearer to non-Hebrew readers that the first man was not necessarily male.
Tags: Adam and Eve, Gender in Genesis, Genesis 2
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December 3rd, 2013
In this post I include an excerpt from Second Clement (written around 150 AD) . In this passage the author indicates that authenticity, transparency, and no hint of gender discrimination in the church are necessary for the kingdom to come. What do you make of it???
Tags: Biblical equality, Clement of Rome
Posted in Church History, Equality and Gender Issues | 3 Comments »
November 25th, 2013
To my surprise, I recently found out that this blog made it onto a list of the top 250 Christian ministry blogs (in English) for 2013. This blog also made it onto the list of the top 50 Biblioblogs (Biblical Studies blogs), coming in at number 22.
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November 24th, 2013
Philip’s four daughters were highly esteemed and held a unique place in the early church. Eusebius described them as “great lights”. Miltiades includes them in a list of respected prophets of the early church. Polycrates associates them with apostles and bishops. This article provides information on Philip and his prophesying daughters (Acts 21:9). [1500 words]
Tags: Bible women, New Testament Women, Philip's daughters, prophecy, prophets, women apostles, women church leaders, Women in the early church
Posted in Church History, Equality and Gender Issues, Women in Ministry | 7 Comments »
November 16th, 2013
Christmas is getting closer and I thought some might be interested in this series I wrote back in 2010. In “Christmas Cardology” I look at the events and theology of Jesus’ birth as depicted in illustrations typically found on Christmas cards and in traditional religious art, and I compare these images with the Nativity recorded in Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospels.
Links to these articles, plus others, here.
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November 14th, 2013
This article shows that ignoring or highlighting an ordinary word, in this case “likewise”, can make a BIG difference in how we interpret certain New Testament passages that affect women.
Tags: 1 Peter 3, 1 Timothy, deacons, Paul and Women, women in ministry debate
Posted in Equality and Gender Issues, Equality in Marriage, Equality in Ministry | 19 Comments »
October 27th, 2013
At the moment I’m reading through a short book called “The Bible and Women’s Ministry: An Australian Dialogue”. I especially like the chapter written by the (late) esteemed New Testament scholar Leon Morris. Morris cautions us to not make hasty assumptions about the metaphorical meaning of “head” in the New Testament. I’ve included an excerpt from his chapter. [800 words]
Tags: John Stott, kephale, Leon Morris, male headship, Wayne Grudem
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October 6th, 2013
In this post I want to highlight just two points from First Clement. I want to show how Clement used the word kephalē (head) in his letter, in the context of mutual submission, and I want to show how he regarded women. I briefly compare these points with Paul’s use of kephalē and how Paul regarded women. [1200 words]
Tags: andreia, Clement of Rome, kephale, mutual submission, Paul and Women, Rahab, submission
Posted in Church History, Equality and Gender Issues | 17 Comments »
October 3rd, 2013
[Week 16 study notes] 1 Peter 4:12 marks the beginning of a new section in First Peter. In verse 12 and the following few verses, Peter touches on subjects already mentioned in his letter. He writes about trials and tests, rejoicing though suffering, being blessed, doing good, and judgement.
This post is dedicated to Christians in Pakistan.
Tags: 1 Peter Bible Study, 1 Peter commentary, honour-shame
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