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, 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»
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»
What was the ‘place of prayer’ in Philippi where some women, including Lydia, had assembled (Acts 16:13-15)? Continue reading»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
How are we to interpret “man was not created for woman, but woman for man” in 1 Corinthians 11:9? Continue reading»
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.
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»
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»