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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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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 Texts

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

The Reformation 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 of his impending ascension. After his resurrection, why did Jesus tell her, “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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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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