Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism


Apostle Paul and Women

Kephalē and “Pre-Gnosticism” in Paul’s Letters

Kephalē (“head”) has different senses in ancient Greek. In Colossians, Paul may have used the word about Jesus Christ with a pre-gnostic sense.

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Junias Euodias Nymphas Stephanas

Junia, Nympha, Euodia, Stephana(s): Men or Women?

The gender of Junia, Nympha and Euodia has sometimes been obscured, and some speculate that Stephanas (1 Cor. 1:16; 16:15ff) was also a woman minister whose gender has been obscured.

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gender roles for women, North Carolina Tar Heels #11 Robyn Gayle 2006, wikimedia

Mark Chanski on Gender Roles

Complementarian Mark Chanski seems to think men and women each have just one role, or position, they are to play and maintain throughout their lives. I disagree.

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“Equality” in Paul’s Letters

Paul wanted equality for all Christians and he wrote about this in his letters. In some verses, he even uses the word “equality.”

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Love, Obedience, and Sanctification – 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

Jesus said that if we love him we will obey his commands. Peter says that love for others is the result of obedience. As Christians, our obedience and our love are connected.

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Working Women in the NT: Priscilla, Lydia and Phoebe

What does the Bible say about working women? Does God want women to stay out of the workforce and stay at home?

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The Trinity and Marriage

Here are 4 reasons why I’m staying out of gender discussions that use the Trinity as a model for marriage.

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The Bible and Plain sense reading

The Bible and “Plain Sense” Reading

Since the Bible is God’s message to humanity, shouldn’t everyone be able to read and understand the “plain sense” of Bible?

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New International Version, Mary Kassian, gender-inclusive language

Why does Mary Kassian think the new NIV is bad?

Mary Kassian does not like the NIV 2011. Her article “10 Reasons Why the New NIV is Bad for Women” has been doing the rounds, but her concerns don’t make sense.

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New Living Translation

Gender Bias in the New Living Translation (NLT)

The New Living Translation (NLT) seems supportive and inclusive of women because it often translates adelphoi as “brothers and sisters” but it promotes male authority.

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A Critique of the ESV by Mark L. Strauss

Mark L. Strauss, a co-author of “How to Choose a Translation for all its Worth,” has written a helpful critique of the English Standard Version (ESV).

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Precious Redemption – 1 Peter 1:17–21

1 Peter 1:17-21 is one long sentence in the Greek text. In this single sentence, Peter tells his readers that their works will be judged. He also tells them about the precious cost of their redemption.

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

Kephalē and “Male Headship” in Paul’s Letters

Does Paul’s statement in Ephesians 5:23, “the husband is the head of the wife,” mean that the husband has leadership or authority over his wife? And what about 1 Corinthians 11:3?

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1 Peter 3.7

Submission and Respect from Husbands in 1 Peter 3:7-8

Many Christians believe that submission in marriage is the duty only of wives. In 1 Peter 3:7 Peter comes close to saying that husbands are to be submissive to their wives too.

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Submission Sarah 1 Peter 3

Submission and Respect from Wives in 1 Peter 3:1-6

In 1 Peter 3:1-6, Peter instructs wives to submit and he uses the examples of “the holy women of the past” and Sarah to help make his points. Who were these “holy women of the past”? In what way did Sarah submit to Abraham?

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1 Peter 1:10-16 angels

Hope and Holiness – 1 Peter 1:10-16

In the past, the prophets investigated salvation; in the present, the angels are. 1 Peter 1:10-16 looks especially at holiness.

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Miriam by Sarah Beth Baca

6 Women who Protected and Rescued Moses

Moses, one of Israel’s greatest leaders, would have perished on several occasions if it had not been for the courage, wisdom, and enterprise of six brave women.

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Pete and Me

Towards Equality – My Story

This is my account about how I went from thinking that a gender hierarchy in marriage and ministry was God’s design to realising that equality and mutuality is scriptural and God’s ideal.

I have included some of my personal views on topics related to biblical equality or “Casteless Christianity”. [3000 words]

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The Forum at Philippi (Source: Visual Bible Alive)

Euodia and Syntyche: Women Church Leaders at Philippi

Who were Euodia and Syntyche (Philippians 4:2-3)? Were they leaders of the Philippian church? Early Church Father John Chrysostom seemed to think so.

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gender division complementarians Revelation 5:9-10

Gender Division Divides the Church

Revelation 5:9-10 is about the universal, inclusive nature of the church and the priesthood of believers. Some Christians, however, divide the church into two distinct groups on the basis of gender.

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female pastors

Are there women pastors in the New Testament?

Can you name a woman who is called a pastor in the New Testament? Are there any women identified as church ministers in the NT?

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