Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

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Who was Mary the Magdalene?

This article looks at Mary Magdalene, and especially at what “Magdalene” might mean. Does it refer to Mary’s home town? Was it her nickname? Does it imply she was a prostitute?

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Adam and Eve

Blaming Eve Alone

Was Eve alone when the snake spoke to her? Here is a summary of Julie Parker’s essay, “Blaming Eve Alone: Translation, Omission, and Implications of עמה in Genesis 3:6b.”

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A shepherd who only feeds the male sheep in his flock?

Matt Chandler states unequivocally, “I teach to men . . . I go after the men.” Matt focuses his ministry on men because, he says, this is how he understands the scriptures. So what happens to the lost sheep who are female? And how does Matt’s focus affect the thousands of women in his flock?

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Barbara Aland

Barbara Aland and the Nestle-Aland Greek NT

Most modern translations of the New Testament rely on the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament. One of the editors of recent editions of this Greek New Testament is scholar Barbara Aland. This article provides a brief history of the Nestle-Aland text and a brief biography of Barbara Aland.

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Gender Equality in Second Clement

In Second Clement (written around 150 AD) the author indicates that authenticity, transparency, and gender equality in the church are necessary for God’s kingdom to come. What do you make of it?

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Gender in Genesis 1

Men and Women in Genesis 1

Genesis 1 tells us about God’s creation of humanity and the equal status and authority of men and women. This message of equality is lost in some interpretations tainted by influences from the ancient Greeks.

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Add Women, Change Everything

Add Women, Change Everything

Carolyn Custis James writes that it’s important for women to be included as equals in ministry: “The high price of the missing female perspective is incalculable.”

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Single and Equal

I read this candid comment today from Samira, a single Christian woman, and I want to share it. She says a lot here, in very few words, about some of her struggles and hopes.

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Mary and Martha, Hanover Gartenkirche, Wikimedia

Mary, Martha and Lazarus of Bethany

Mary and Martha of Bethany are well-known Bible figures whose characters are often polarized in the retelling of their story. What is the background of these women, their age, marital status, level of wealth?

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The Propriety of Bible Women with Authority

“The scriptures … offer an impressive number of examples of women exercising social or political authority without raising any questions as to the propriety of that authority.” ~ Gordon Hugenberger. Here are over 40 such women.

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Who will roll away the stone?

Who will roll away the stone?

Mary Magdalene and some other women knew a large stone had been rolled in front of the entrance to the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid. They went to the tomb anyway. [300 words]

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