Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism


Rachel Speght feminist 1600s

Rachel Speght Replies to a Misogynist in 1617

Rachel Speght responded to a misogynist in the early 1600s by writing a witty piece that encourages respect for women. It still entertains.

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Dionyisus and Damaris Paul in Athens

Damaris in Athens (Acts 17)

Who was Damaris? What was her social status? What does her name mean? What was her role in the church? Evidence from ancient inscriptions help to answer some of these questions.

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1 Corinthians 11:10 exousia angels

Woman’s Authority or Subordination in 1 Cor. 11:10?

Paul said in 1 Cor. 11:10 that a woman should have “authority on her head.” Whose authority is it?

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Genesis 3:16 Genesis 4:7 teshuqah desire mashal rule

A Quick Comparison of Genesis 3:16 and Genesis 4:7

Gen 3:16, about Eve, and Gen 4:7, about Cain, both contain the Hebrew words teshuqah (“desire”) and mashal (“rule”). Does 4:7 help us to understand 3:16?

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144,000 Revelation 7, 14, every tribe

Who are the 144,000 and why are they all men?

Who are the 144,000 in Revelation 7 and 14? What do they symbolise? Are women really excluded from this group?

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Malachi God hates divorce

Malachi 2:16 and the Priest who Divorced his Wife

What if Malachi 2:16 isn’t a general statement on divorce but about a priest named Manasseh who divorced his first wife in around 350 BCE? It’s likely.

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prophetesses in the Bible

Every Female Prophet in the Bible

Here’s a complete list of women identified as prophetesses in the Bible, with a note on each. There was a recognised place for such women in Israel.

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1 Corinthians 11:14-15 nature

A note on nature and hairstyles in 1 Cor. 11:14-15

in 1 Cor. 11:14-15, Paul says that nature is a teacher of hair lengths or hairstyles for men and women. What did he mean by “nature”?

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David's ten concubine 2 Samuel 16, Absalom

The Disturbing Story of David’s Ten Concubines

The story of David’s ten concubines, especially when linked with God’s words in 2 Samuel 12:11, is a deeply troubling story. Warning: sexual violence.

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sancification, transformation, maturity, prefection, trannsforming, head coverings

1 Corinthians 11:2-16, in a Nutshell

In this article, I give a brief overview of how I read 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. This passage includes the phrase, “the head of woman is man.”

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Salome in Gospels

Salome: Follower of Jesus and Myrrh Bearer

Salome was a follower of Jesus, a witness of his crucifixion and empty tomb. She is mentioned twice in the Bible but many more times in other early church documents.

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Church leadership, mutuality in Christ

Mutual Submission in Early Christian Writings

Some Christians claim that submission is always to a person in authority. In this article, I quote early church bishops who spoke positively about mutual submission.

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Ephesians 5 Reformation

Beth Allison Barr on (un)Making Biblical Womanhood

Throughout her book, Dr Barr aims to show that complementarianism isn’t the only option for those who believe the Bible is the authoritative Word of God.

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Ephesians 5 Reformation

Beth Allison Barr on the Reformation’s Role in Limiting Women

Chapter 4 of Dr Barr’s book looks at the Reformation and women. It is “a story of loss rather than a story of gain, of increased subordination rather than of liberation.”

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Ephesians 5 Reformation

Beth Allison Barr on Paul and Biblical Womanhood

In her book The Making of Biblical Womanhood, Beth Allison Barr argues that the concept of “biblical womanhood” doesn’t come from the apostle Paul.

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Mary and Jesus

Mary Magdalene and the Ascension

Mary Magdalene was the herald of Jesus’s resurrection and also of his impending ascension. Why did Jesus tell her in John 20:17, “Do not cling to me”?

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There are women pastors in the New testament Priscilla Phoebe Nympha

There are Women Pastors in the New Testament

In this article I answer the question, Where in the New Testament does it say women were pastors? There is a biblical case for female pastors.

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weak-willed silly women 2 Timothy 3

The “Little Women” in 2 Timothy 3:6-7

I’ve seen people express dismay that Paul disparages women in 2 Timothy 3:6-7. Here’s a short note looking at Paul’s words here and at his main concern.

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Jael and Deborah in Judges

Jael (3): Jael, Mary, and Jesus’ Crucifixion

Part 3 looks at what Jael’s story and the accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion have in common, and at why some early and medieval theologians used Jael as a type of Mary the mother of Jesus.

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Jael Judges 5

Jael (2): Sexual and Maternal Imagery in Jael’s Story

In part 2 I look at the sexual and maternal imagery in Jael’s story, and the deadly determination in her actions. What was motivating her? *This article mentions rape.

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Deborah and Jael

Jael (1): The Lord will hand over Sisera to a woman

Jael is a popular Bible figure, famous for her brutal act of violence against Israel’s enemy. In part 1 (of 3), I look at her story as recorded in Judges 4.

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