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First Timothy

The Anonymous Man and Woman in 1 Timothy 2:11-15

February 4th, 2017

In this article, I look at the language of 1 Timothy 2:12 and discuss the possibility that this verse concerns an anonymous couple in the Ephesian church, rather than men and women more generally. Continue reading»

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

January 20th, 2017

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»

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

August 6th, 2016

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

August 3rd, 2016

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

July 23rd, 2016

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»

1 Timothy 2:12, the created order, and Bible men who were guided by godly women

May 4th, 2016

Does the created order of man first, woman second, signify a timeless principle that only men can teach and have authority. Is the created order the reason for the prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12? Continue reading»

Chastity, Salvation, and 1 Timothy 2:15

January 27th, 2016

Are Christian and gnostic-like teachings which emphasise celibacy behind Paul’s statement in 1 Timothy 2:15? What does “she will be saved through childbearing” mean? Continue reading»

Why 1 Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34 are not universal regulations

December 22nd, 2015

One reason I believe 1 Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34 were ad hoc regulations addressing local problems is because of a particular word found in both verses. Continue reading»

Didaktikos: A Qualification for Overseers & the Lord’s Servant

December 12th, 2015

In 1 Timothy 3:2 and 2 Timothy 2:24 there is a rare Greek word, didaktikos. This word is usually translated as “able to teach”, but possibly should be translated as “teachable”. Continue reading»

The Problem with Modesty and the Problem of Lust

December 4th, 2015

What do Jesus and Paul say about female modesty and the problem of male lust? Continue reading»

(5) Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea

November 25th, 2014

In Part 5 of my series on Phoebe, I look at the passage concerning deacons in the church at Ephesus (1 Tim. 3:8-13). I also look at Phoebe as a prostatis (patron), and briefly compare her ministry with that of Olympias (one of Chrysostom’s patrons) and with that of Stephanas (1 Cor. 16:15-18). Continue reading»

The prominence of women in the cults of Ephesus

September 20th, 2014

This article looks at evidence that some Ephesian women held the position of high-priestess (and other offices) in pagan cults. Did this culture of prominent women in the cults encourage Christian women to behave inappropriately in the Christian community of Ephesus. Continue reading»

The Consensus and Context of 1 Timothy 2:12

July 2nd, 2014

No verse is brought up more often in discussions on Women in Ministry than 1 Timothy 2:12. Many Christians are stuck on this one verse, but what does it mean? Here are my notes from a talk I gave on the 28th of June 2014 at a public meeting hosted by the Sydney chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality. Continue reading»

Likewise women . . . likewise husbands . . .

November 14th, 2013

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.
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What must a woman do to be saved? (1 Tim. 2:15)

June 23rd, 2013

For some (hierarchical complementarian) Christians being a faithful follower of Jesus is not enough for a woman to be saved. Continue reading»

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