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Insights from Greek Papyri

Theonoe and Myrte: Prophetesses in Corinth

December 15th, 2015

Several ancient Christian documents show that women were prominent ministers in the second century church. Two of these documents show that Theonoe and Myrte were prophetesses in the church at Corinth. Continue reading»

A “Weaker Vessel” and Gender Justice (1 Peter 3:7)

August 12th, 2015

Why did Peter use the phrase “weaker vessel” in 1 Peter 3:7? This article takes into consideration how the word “weak” was used in papyrus legal documents by women seeking justice. Continue reading»

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

November 14th, 2014

We have only two lines about Phoebe in the Bible, but Theodoret of Cyrrhus has more information about her, including her role as Paul’s envoy. Did Phoebe travel to Spain with Paul? Did she deliver his letter to the Romans? Continue reading»

“Kuria” in Papyrus Letters and the Elect Lady

August 23rd, 2013

This short article looks at how the Greek word kuria (“lady”) is used in a few ancient letters, and how this usage helps us to understand the “chosen lady” in John’s second letter. (500 words) Continue reading»

Using a Greek-English Dictionary and “Moving Bones”

November 6th, 2012

I pretty much wrote this article just so I could use an excellent quote from Wayne Meeks who cautions that if we translate Greek into English without an awareness of the limitations of dictionaries we are merely “moving bones from one coffin to another”. Continue reading»

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