In this article, I explain why “the co-elect” woman in 1 Peter 5:13 (AKA “she who is in Babylon”) is most likely a woman and not a church.
With the Jews in danger, Queen Esther risks her life and exerts her influence and authority. She cannot be mistaken for a sweet passive young woman.
Young Esther is taken to the harem in the palace and later taken to the king’s bed. What does the Bible reveal about her thoughts and actions?
In this 3-part series, I provide commentary on the book of Esther, focussing on the heroine at the centre. What kind of story is Esther’s story?
When we understand “preaching” words in the way the New Testament authors understood and used these terms we see that some New Testament women preached.
Eve’s reason for eating the forbidden fruit was that she was deceived. What was Adam’s excuse? Suzanne McCarthy suggests Adam did give a reason in Genesis 3.
In a recent paper, Wayne Grudem explains why he changed his mind from thinking that only adultery and desertion were permissible reasons for divorce to now accepting that abuse is also a permissible reason. This may be good news for some but I find Grudem’s approach in his paper problematic.
In this guest post, Andrew Bartlett tells us about his 2019 book “Men and Women in Christ: Fresh Light from the Biblical Texts,” published by Inter-Varsity Press. This is an excellent, thoroughly-researched book that is accessible to novices and useful to scholars.
Up until 2001, it was commonly understood that Andronicus and Junia were “notable among the apostles” (Rom. 16:7). In 2001, the ESV translated this phrase as “well known to the apostles.” In the same year, Burer and Wallace published a paper where they concluded that “well known to the apostles” is almost certainly a correct translation. So which is it? Is Junia and her partner among the apostles or known to the apostles?
Here is a list of over a dozen early and medieval scholars who took Junia’s name in Romans 16:7 to be feminine. Junia was a woman and not Junias, a man.
I receive questions every day from people who read my blog. Most are about how to understand Bible verses that affect women in some way. But after 10 years of blogging, the most important thing I’ve learned from listening to questions has nothing to do with the meaning of 1 Timothy 2:12, Ephesians 5:22-24 or of any other Bible passage.
In this article, I look at four passages from the Hebrew Bible: Leviticus 27, Numbers 30, Ecclesiastes 7:28 and Isaiah 3:12. These verses are sometimes brought up in comments that diminish women.
Here is a short review of Suzanne McCarthy’s newly published book, Valiant or Virtuous?: Gender Bias in Bible Translation. Her book is on a topic close to my heart.
Here are 3 reasons why I believe 1 Timothy 2:12 may be about a particular couple in the Ephesian church and does not contain Paul’s general thoughts on women in ministry.
The word “manhood” occurs twice in the English Standard Version. Is “manhood” the best word to convey the sense the biblical authors wanted to express? In what other ways does the ESV create a masculine bias.
Both the Holy Spirit and Eve are described as helpers in the Bible. But the role of Holy Spirit as helper, given in John’s Gospel, does not inform our understanding of Eve as helper (Gen. 2), and vice versa. Here’s why.
Olympias was a determined woman who renounced her aristocratic lifestyle in order to devote herself to the church. She was an ordained deaconess and she founded and led a monastery. Olympias and her friend Chrysostom supported each other through difficult times.
In Exodus 38:8 and in 1 Samuel 2:22, we are told that women served at the entrance of the tent of meeting. Who were these women and what did they do? Did their service involve religious rituals?
Do women need to cover their heads when they go to church? In previous centuries, the answer to this question would have been “yes.” Here are a few notes on women and head coverings in light of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16.
In Acts 9, Tabitha (AKA Dorcas) is identified as a disciple and described as a generous supporter of the poor. What can we know about her? What did her ministries involve? What is her association with the widows of Joppa? Why did Luke include her story in Acts?
Twenty-nine people are mentioned in Romans 16:1-16, including ten women, seven of whom are described in terms of their ministries.