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

Were there women elders in New Testament churches? (Part 2)

Posted: January 20th, 2017, by Marg

In this article I look at the NT verse which mentions women elders and compare it with other verses. I also look at elders, men and women, in early Judaism. My claim is that the “older women” in 1 Timothy 5:2 may well have been more than just “older women”. Continue reading»

Were there women elders in New Testament churches?

Posted: January 9th, 2017, by Marg

Three times this past week I’ve been in online conversations where a person has stated that women were not leaders or elders in early churches. Was this really the case? Continue reading»

Were Priscilla, Phoebe and Junia friends?

Posted: December 29th, 2016, by Marg

Priscilla, Phoebe and Junia were Christian ministers who sometimes travelled. The NT shows that, at the very least, their paths crossed one or twice. Did these women become friends? I hope so. Continue reading»

Is it he, she, they or we who crush the serpent’s head? (Genesis 3:15)

Posted: December 20th, 2016, by Marg

I’ve been using the Common English Bible and was surprised to read God say to the snake, “They will strike your head.” Other translations of Genesis 3:15 have he, she or it will strike… What is the correct understanding of who will attack the serpent (i.e. the devil)? Is it us? Continue reading»

The Queen of Sheba and 3 other Powerful Female Rulers in the Bible

Posted: November 15th, 2016, by Marg

There were powerful women in Bible times. Some were godly, others were not. But nowhere in the Bible is there an indication that God did not approve of these women leaders because they were female.

This article looks especially at the queen of the South (mentioned in the Old Testament and the gospels) and Bernice (mentioned in the book of Acts). Continue reading»

Apphia of Colossae: Philemon’s wife or another Phoebe?

Posted: October 29th, 2016, by Marg

Apphia is greeted at the beginning of the Paul’s letter to Philemon. Who was this woman, and what was her role or position in the church at Colossae? Was she Philemon’s wife? Was she another Phoebe? Continue reading»

1 Corinthians 11 and Subverted Hierarchy

Posted: October 7th, 2016, by Marg

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul has a keen interest in setting up hierarchies of human honour, and then subverting them, as Matthew Malcolm shows in his concise, insightful and liberating post. Continue reading»

A Better Translation of Genesis 3:16?

Posted: October 4th, 2016, by Marg

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the ESV’s revised translation of Genesis 3:16, Matt Lynch summarises Andrew Macintosh’s 2016 paper on the Hebrew word teshuqah (traditionally translated as “desire” in Genesis 3:6.) Is teshuqah better translated as “single-minded concentration” or “devotion”? Continue reading»

Which Bible translation is best?

Posted: October 1st, 2016, by Marg

Many Christians are dissatisfied with English translations that seem biased towards men when, in fact, the intended meaning of many passages is gender-inclusive. So, what is the best Bible translation?
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Did Jesus address only men in Luke 14:25-27?

Posted: September 17th, 2016, by Marg

In Luke 14:25-27 Jesus said that his disciples have to hate their father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters. A reader asks, “Was Jesus speaking to only men here?” Continue reading»

Tertullian on Equality and Mutuality in Marriage

Posted: September 4th, 2016, by Marg

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»

1 Timothy 2:13: Another reason 1 Timothy 2:12 is not as clear as it seems

Posted: August 6th, 2016, by Marg

Is 1 Timothy 2:13 “For Adam was formed first and the Eve” a reason for the prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12? Does the created order really disqualify women from teaching and leading men? Continue reading»

6 reasons 1 Timothy 2:12 is not as clear as it seems

Posted: August 3rd, 2016, by Marg

Taking 1 Timothy 2:12 at face value, with no understanding of the Greek or the verse’s context, can lead to a flawed interpretation. This post looks at six factors which must be considered when interpreting 1 Timothy 2:12. Continue reading»

The Regalia of Artemis Ephesia

Posted: July 23rd, 2016, by Marg

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»

Eternal Torment, Eternal Fire, Eternal Death?

Posted: July 19th, 2016, by Marg

In part two I look at Bible verses which mention the ideas of “eternal” and “fire” in regards to the future judgement. Do these verses speak of eternal conscious torment for unrepentant sinners? Continue reading»

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