Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism


Ezer kenegdo Genesis 2 Troy Martin, testicle, semen

“Covering” or “Testicle” in 1 Corinthians 11:15?

With some trepidation, I critique Troy Martin’s idea that peribolaion means testicle in 1 Cor. 11:15 and his idea that Paul thought hair is a conduit of semen.

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wives submit to your husbands in everything Ephesians 5:24

What does submission “in everything” mean?

I look at how Paul uses the phrase “in everything” in his letters and at what it means in, “wives submit to your husbands in everything.”

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egalitarian blogs

5 Inspiring Blog Posts That I Love

Here are five of my all-time favourite blog posts (not written by me), plus a fantastic series. They all critique, in some way, attitudes held by many Christians about the supposed roles of women and men.

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Mutual submission Eph 5:21 1 Peter 5:5 hypotasso

Common Misconceptions about Christian Egalitarianism

In this short blog post (less than 400 words), I address persistent and common misconceptions about Christian egalitarianism or mutualism.

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Samaritan woman at the well

A note on “everything I ever did” (John 4:29)

What did the Samaritan woman mean when she told the folk of Sychar, “Come, see a man who told me ‘everything I ever did'”?

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John 15:2 branches

Are the branches lifted up or taken away in John 15:2a?

John 15:2a is usually understood as being about unproductive branches being removed, but some propose a new way of interpreting this phrase.

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biblical equality, christian egalitarianism igualitarismo

The Biblical Basis of Egalitarianism in 500 Words

Here’s a 500-word biblical defence for Christian egalitarianism/ mutualism. Plus a link to a podcast I did with James Pruch on “Mutuality in the Garden.”

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John 11 Mary or Marthe P66

Is Martha Missing in the Oldest Surviving Text of John 11? 

Was Martha initially missing in Papyrus 66, the oldest text of John’s Gospel? Is Mary of Bethany in John 11-12 really Mary Magdalene?

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Paul's use of head in his letters

An Overview of Paul’s Use of Kephalē (“Head”)

In this article, I provide an overview of how Paul uses the word kephalē (“head”) in his letters, and I give a brief note on each verse that contains the word.

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1st century marble bust

Kephalē (“head”) as Metaphor in First-Century Texts

Here are some first-century Greek texts that use the word kephalē (“head”). They show how the word was used in Paul’s day.

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A Close Look at Colossians 3:19 (Husbands)

In this post, I discuss Paul’s instructions to husbands in Colossians 3:19. I look at this verse within the broader context of Colossians and I explore what “bitter” means.

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Plutarch and Paul on husbands and wives

A Close Look at Colossians 3:18 (Wives)

Paul’s words to wives in Colossians 3:18 contains a phrase that doesn’t occur elsewhere in the New Testament. What does it mean to submit “as is fitting in the Lord”?

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whore of babyon, scarlet beast, revelation 17-18

The Woman on the Scarlet Beast in Revelation 17

Some are disturbed by the female figure in Revelation 17. What does she suggest about John’s attitude to women, or about women in general? Who or what is Babylon the Great?

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John's Gospel Mary

Is the Beloved Disciple in John’s Gospel a Woman?

In this somewhat technical post, I quote the 5 verses in John’s Gospel that mention “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Is the beloved disciple a woman?

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shekinah, God's gender, is god male, feminine

Shekinah: God’s Immanent Presence

What does “shekinah” mean for Christians? Is this concept in the Bible? What, if anything, does “shekinah” tell us about God’s gender?

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prayer for women

A Litany for Women Who Carry God’s Grace

Here’s a call and response prayer that thanks God for Bible women who served God and his people with bravery and grace.

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Anointing at Bethany

Comparing the Anointing Stories

Each of the four Gospels contains an account where a woman anoints Jesus with perfume. In this article, I compare these stories. How many times was Jesus anointed?

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Likewise women, 1 Corinthians 11:7

A Note on Divorce Terminology in the Bible

In this blog post, I give a brief overview of the Greek and Hebrew words used in the Bible for divorce.

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adelphoi brothers and sisters

“Brothers and Sisters” (Adelphoi) in Paul’s Letters

The Greek word adelphoi is used over 100 times in Paul’s letters. Is “brothers and sisters” or “siblings” an acceptable translation?

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Luke 13 daughter of Abraham

Jesus and the Bent-Over Woman (Luke 13:10–17)

In Luke 13:10–17, Jesus sets free a woman who had been disabled for 18 years. Click to see Barbara Schwarz’s painting and to read the story that inspired her artwork.

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Paul Distilled by Gary Burnett

Paul Distilled by Gary W. Burnett

“Paul Distilled” is a great book for anyone who wants to read an inspiring overview of Paul’s theology that is short and simple to understand. Here’s my review.

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