Leon Morris on “Head” (Kephalē) in the New Testament

October 27th, 2013

At the moment I’m reading through a short book called “The Bible and Women’s Ministry: An Australian Dialogue”. I especially like the chapter written by the (late) esteemed New Testament scholar Leon Morris. Morris cautions us to not make hasty assumptions about the metaphorical meaning of “head” in the New Testament. I’ve included an excerpt from his chapter. [800 words] Continue reading»

Mutual Submission in Clement’s First Letter

October 6th, 2013

In this post I want to highlight just two points from First Clement. I want to show how Clement used the word kephalē (head) in his letter, in the context of mutual submission, and I want to show how he regarded women. I briefly compare these points with Paul’s use of kephalē and how Paul regarded women. [1200 words] Continue reading»

The Chiasm in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

November 20th, 2012

In this article I tackle another of the “difficult passages” about women. Continue reading»

Who is the “head”?

August 11th, 2012

This article is a critique of Mary Kassian’s article “Sex in the Shadowlands” in which she applies the word “head” to more than God, Jesus and husbands. (Mary Kassian is a popular Complementarian.) Continue reading»

Paul’s Main Point in Ephesians 5:22-33

April 30th, 2012

We misinterpret Ephesians 5:22-33 if we miss Paul’s main point. Continue reading»

Kephalē and “Proto-Gnosticism” in Paul’s Letters

November 24th, 2011

Many English speaking Christians believe that the meaning of “head” (kephalē) is perfectly plain and obvious in the New Testament. This is simply not true. Apart from the literal meaning, “head” had different metaphorical meanings which include “source” and “beginning” in Koine Greek. In verses about Jesus Christ, it seems that Paul also used the word “head” (kephalē) in a Gnostic sense. Continue reading»

Kephalē and “Male Headship” in Paul’s Letters

September 18th, 2011

This article answers the question: Does Paul’s statement that the husband is the head of the wife in Ephesians 5:23 mean that the husband has primacy, leadership, or authority over his wife? [2000 words, plus lots of endnotes for those who want to fact-check.] Continue reading»

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