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Women in the Early Church

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»

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 Roman woman who instructed her husband in the Faith

June 9th, 2016

Here are a couple of lines from the Acts of Peter about Candida, a Roman woman who instructed her husband in the faith sometime around 60 AD. Continue reading»

The Church at Smyrna and her Women (Part 2)

April 22nd, 2016

This is the second part of a two-part series which looks at the women in the church at Smyrna in the post-apostolic period. This article focuses on Gavia. Continue reading»

The Church at Smyrna and her Women (Part 1)

April 21st, 2016

In Christian writings known as the Apostolic Fathers (late 1st and early 2nd centuries) we discover that women were active in ministry in the church at Smyrna. Part 1 looks at Alke (or Alce) of Smyrna. Continue reading»

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»

Contexts of Women’s Leadership in the Church (40-200 AD)

September 22nd, 2015

The social world of the Roman Empire was patriarchal. Women were typically thought to be less capable than men, yet they were able to lead in certain contexts. This article describes four of these social contexts. 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»

“Workers at home” or “keepers at home” in Titus 2:5?

September 23rd, 2014

Titus 2:5 contains a word which is usually translated as “workers at home”, but the King James Bible has “keepers at home”. Which is the correct phrase? Is anything special meant by “keepers at home”? 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»

Female Martyrs and their Ministry in the Early Church

May 2nd, 2014

A post about female martyrs in the early church, including Blandina and Perpetua: “those who have conformed themselves to Christ, even in death.” Continue reading»

The Apostolic Ministry of Gospel Women

January 18th, 2014

John the Evangelist chose his words carefully when describing the ministry of certain apostolic women in his Gospel, women such as Mary Magdalene. [500 words] Continue reading»

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