Not all first-century women fit the stereotype of being hidden and housebound. In this discussion I look at how wealthy women were influential and prominent in society and in the church. Continue reading»
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»
Churches which misunderstand Jesus’ teaching on divorce increase the suffering and scandal of divorced members. What is the context of Jesus’ teaching on divorce? Did Jesus teach that all second marriages, with a former spouse still living, are adulterous? I argue, from scripture, that he didn’t Continue reading»
In this essay I look at three aspects of the social history of first century CE Galilee. This provides a context for the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, which mostly took place in Galilee around 30 CE. Continue reading»
Salome I, the sister of Herod the Great was one very powerful and dangerous woman. This article highlights her domestic intrigues and political power. Continue reading»
In this post I look at Salome, the daughter of Herodias, who “danced” for Herod Antipas. How old was she? Did she actually dance? Was she out to deliberately seduce her step-father? What became of her? Continue reading»