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Ezer

Kenegdo: Is the woman subordinate, suitable, or similar to the man?

August 1st, 2014

What does the Hebrew word “kenegdo” mean in the phrase “ezer kenegdo” found in Genesis 2:18 & 20? Was the first woman made to be a subordinate help? A suitable help? Or a similar help?

In this article I look at the meaning and grammar of the Hebrew word “kenegdo”, and at the way it is translated in the Septuagint, the ancient Greek Translation of the Old Testament. Continue reading»

The Complementarian Concept of “The Created Order”

October 20th, 2012

In support of their views of male authority and female submission, Complementarians place a great deal of importance on the created order related in Genesis 2:4-25. Continue reading»

6 Women who Protected and Rescued Moses

August 24th, 2011

Moses was one of Israel’s greatest and most revered leaders. However he would have perished on several occasions if it had not been for the courage, wisdom and enterprise of several women. [1000 words]

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“A Suitable Helper” (in the Septuagint)

December 28th, 2010

I’m already putting my Christmas present, a copy of the Septuagint, to good use.
How does the Septuagint translate “a suitable helper for him”? (Genesis 2:18, 20) [800 words] Continue reading»

A Suitable Helper (in the Hebrew)

March 8th, 2010

In the past, people have had a very narrow view of the meaning of the word “helper” (ezer) used in reference to the first woman. They have literally demeaned it. How is the word ezer used in the Old Testament?

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