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Ephesians 5:21 Ephesians 5:22

3. The Grammar of Ephesians 5:21-22: 1 Sentence or 2?

Is Ephesians 5:21-22 one sentence or two? What is the best way to punctuate these verses? How do ancient manuscripts treat them?

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Ephesians 5:22 codex vaticanus no verb

2. The Grammar of Ephesians 5:21-22: A Missing Verb?

Is it significant that there is no “submit” word in Ephesians 5:22 in two of the oldest Greek manuscripts? Did Paul tell wives to submit?

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Ephesians 5 submit submission

1. The Grammar of Ephesians 5:21-22: Participles

In this article, I look at the Greek participles in Ephesians 5:18-21, especially the “submit” participle in verse 21.

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Christian theology blogs

12 Christian Theology Blogs that don’t Push Patriarchy

Here are 12 blogs on Christian theology and biblical studies written by evangelical scholars who don’t push a complementarian or patriarchal agenda.

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Miriam Moses Bible

Did Miriam the prophetess only minister to women?

Miriam is identified as a prophet and leader in the Bible, but some say her ministry was only to women. Was this the case? What does the Bible say?

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Jesus Genealogy in Matthew's Gospel

The Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus

Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Uriah’s wife are the only women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1. Why only these four women?

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Carson and Keller, 1 Timothy 2:12

Don Carson and Tim Keller on 1 Timothy 2:12

D.A. Carson and Tim Keller recently had a conversation about 1 Timothy 2:12 posted on YouTube. I was asked about it. Here’s my response.

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Lois and Eunice

Lois and Eunice’s Faith and Family

Paul honours Lois and Eunice and acknowledges they had been Timothy’s teachers. These women enabled Timothy to face challenges in Ephesus.

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Made in the image of God, Genesis 1, male and female

Made in the Image of God (Gen 1:26-28) in a Nutshell

In this article, I briefly explain what I think it means to be made in the image of God and why it doesn’t have much to do with either God’s gender or ours.

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ordination, authority, Twelve Apostles, priests, women ministers

1 Timothy 2:12, in a Nutshell

In this short article, I sketch the case that 1 Tim. 2:12 says nothing, one way or the other, about whether competent women can be pastors, preachers, priests, elders, or any kind of church leader.

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Titus 2 women, keepers at home, biblical womanhood

Bible women who weren’t “keepers at home”

Some Christians think women should be “keepers at home” and stay out of the workforce and away from leadership ministries in the church. Here’s a list of respected Bible women who weren’t “keepers at home.”

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Are men superior to women

Are Men Physically Superior to Women?

I’ve been getting emails lately from young women convinced that men are physically superior to women. The hurt in these emails is profound. Here’s part of an email exchange I had with a woman named Jade.

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woman pastors Romans 14

Romans 14 and the Divisive Issue of Women Pastors

Paul’s message in Romans 14 has some relevance to the issue of women ministers, an issue that continues to cause division in some sectors of the church.

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Graham Joseph Hill

“Holding Up Half the Sky” by Graham Joseph Hill

I was honoured to write a foreword to Graham Hill’s book “Holding Up Half the Sky” where he presents a biblical case for women leading and teaching in the church. The foreword is in this post.

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Praus meek warhorses

The Greek Word ‘Praus’ and Meek Warhorses

Is meekness a masculine virtue? How do ancient writers use the Greek word praus (“meek”)? What do ancient writers say about meek warhorses?

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Atto of Vercelli, Hatto of Vercelli, women elders

Atto of Vercelli on Female Priests in the Early Church

Atto, bishop of Vercelli in the 900s, saw in church tradition that women had led churches and were presbyters (priests or elders). He did not think this was a bad thing.

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Chrysostom on New Testament women ministers

Chrysostom on 5 Women Church Leaders in the NT

Chrysostom (d. 407) praised Priscilla, Phoebe, Euodia, Syntyche, and Junia. He acknowledged that these women were leading ministers in their churches.

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New Testament women

Kenneth Bailey on New Testament Women (Videos)

Here are six 30-minute videos where Kenneth Bailey discusses the topic of women in the New Testament. Dr Bailey was a scholar of the New Testament in its Middle Eastern context.

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

Mutual Submission in Ephesians 5:21 and in 1 Peter 5:5

Eph. 5:21 is one New Testament verse that encourages mutual submission. 1 Peter 5:5 is another. This post looks at the Greek grammar and vocabulary of 1 Peter 5:5.

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makes her an adulterer, Hyperbole, anger murder lust adultery divorce matthew 5

Hyperbole and Divorce in the Sermon on the Mount

Jesus used hyperbole in his Sermon on the Mount, especially in Matt 5:17-48 and perhaps also in the phrase “makes her an adulterer.”

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Prisca, she who is in babylon New Testament

Who is “she” who is in Babylon? (1 Peter 5:13)

In this article, I explain why “the co-elect” woman in 1 Peter 5:13 (AKA “she who is in Babylon”) may be a woman and not a church.

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