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New Testament Women

Apphia of Colossae: Philemon’s wife or another Phoebe?

October 29th, 2016

Apphia is greeted at the beginning of the Paul’s letter to Philemon. Who was this woman, and what was her role or position in the church at Colossae? Was she Philemon’s wife? Was she another Phoebe? Continue reading»

The Samaritan Woman of Sychar (John 4)

June 10th, 2016

Eve, Delilah, Bathsheba, Mary Magdalene, and the Samaritan woman have often been portrayed as immoral. What’s with that? This article looks at the Samaritan woman without negative prejudices. Continue reading»

Harnack’s positive descriptions of NT women ministers

June 16th, 2015

More than a century ago, church historian Adolf Harnack was honest and approving in his appraisal of the ministry of certain women named in the New Testament. Continue reading»

Who was Chloe of Corinth?

April 26th, 2015

Chloe is a woman mentioned in 1 Corinthians 1:11? Was she a pagan or a Christian? A concerned house church leader or the quarrelsome leader of a faction? Continue reading»

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

November 18th, 2014

In part 4 I look at the deacons in the Philippian church, and at the development of church offices in the apostolic and post-apostolic church. 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»

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

November 13th, 2014

In Part 2, I look at what Romans 16:1-2 in the ancient Latin texts say about Phoebe. These indicate she was recognised as an official deacon (or deaconess.) Continue reading»

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

November 12th, 2014

This is part 1 of an in depth look at Phoebe of Cenchrea who is mentioned by Paul in Romans 16:1-2. Here I look at Paul’s introduction of Phoebe to the church at Rome. I also look at the ministry of certain women in the Gospels, and Tabitha’s ministry in Acts, and compare them with Phoebe’s ministry. Continue reading»

What the Bible says about Mary the Magdalene

May 26th, 2014

This article looks at Mary Magdalene, and especially at what “Magdalene” might mean. Does it refer to Mary’s home town? Was it her nick-name? Or does it imply that Mary was a prostitute? Continue reading»

Jesus had many female followers – many!

March 14th, 2014

I had imagined that only a few women accompanied Jesus during his ministry and only a few were with him at his crucifixion, but the gospel writers state that there were many women with Jesus – many! Continue reading»

Believing Wives and Female Co-workers of the Apostles

February 14th, 2014

Was Paul referring to wives of apostles or colleagues of apostles in 1 Corinthians 9:5? Was their role companionship or teaching Christian doctrine? Continue reading»

Philip’s Prophesying Daughters

November 24th, 2013

We tend to underestimate the ministry of Philip’s four daughters; the early church writers didn’t make that mistake. They recognised them as prophets and associated them with apostles and bishops. Continue reading»

25 Biblical Roles for Biblical Women

September 7th, 2013

Here is list of biblical roles and activities of real-life Bible women. 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»

Mary, Martha and Lazarus of Bethany

May 15th, 2013

Mary and Martha of Bethany are well-known Bible figures. The two sisters seem to have had different temperaments, and their characters are often polarized in the retelling of their story in the gospels. What is the background of these women, their faith, their situation? Continue reading»

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