With the Jews in danger, Queen Esther risks her life and exerts her influence and authority. She cannot be mistaken for a sweet passive young woman.
Young Esther is taken to the harem in the palace and later taken to the king’s bed. What does the Bible reveal about her thoughts and actions?
In this 3-part series, I provide commentary on the book of Esther, focussing on the heroine at the centre. What kind of story is Esther’s story?
When we understand “preaching” words in the way New Testament authors and understood and used these words we see that some New Testament women preached.
Eve’s reason for eating the forbidden fruit was that she was deceived. What was Adam’s excuse? Suzanne McCarthy suggests Adam did give a reason in Genesis 3.
Wayne Grudem has changed his mind from thinking that only adultery and desertion were permissible reasons for divorce to now accepting that abuse is also a permissible reason. This is good news for some but Grudem’s approach is problematic.
Andrew Bartlett tells us about his 2019 book “Men and Women in Christ.” This is an excellent, thoroughly-researched book that is accessible to novices and useful to scholars.
Were Andronicus and Junia “outstanding/notable among the apostles” (Rom.16:7 KJV, NASB, NIV) or “well known to the apostles” (ESV, NET). Is Junia among the apostles?
Here is a list of over a dozen early and medieval scholars who took Junia’s name in Romans 16:7 to be feminine. Junia was a woman and not Junias, a man.
After 10 years of blogging, the most important thing I’ve learned from listening to readers’ questions has little to do with the meaning of 1 Timothy 2:12 or Ephesians 5:22ff.
In this article, I look at four passages from the Hebrew Bible: Leviticus 27, Numbers 30, Ecclesiastes 7:28 and Isaiah 3:12. These verses are sometimes brought up in comments that diminish women.
Here is a short review of Suzanne McCarthy’s newly published book, Valiant or Virtuous?: Gender Bias in Bible Translation. Her book is on a topic close to my heart.
Here are 3 reasons why 1 Timothy 2:12 may be about a particular couple in the Ephesian church and not Paul’s general thoughts on women in ministry.
The word “manhood” occurs twice in the English Standard Version. Is “manhood” the best word to convey the sense the biblical authors wanted to express? In what other ways does the ESV create a masculine bias.
Both the Holy Spirit and Eve are described as helpers in the Bible. But the role of Holy Spirit as helper, given in John’s Gospel, does not inform our understanding of Eve as helper (Gen. 2), and vice versa. Here’s why.
Olympias was a determined woman who renounced her aristocratic lifestyle to serve the church. She was an ordained deaconess and Chrysostom’s close friend.
In Exodus 38:8 and in 1 Samuel 2:22, we are told that women served at the entrance of the tent of meeting. Who were these women and what did they do? Did their service involve religious rituals?
Do women need to cover their heads when they go to church? In previous centuries, the answer to this question would have been “yes.” Here are a few notes on women and head coverings in light of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16.
In Acts 9, Tabitha (AKA Dorcas) is identified as a disciple and described as a generous supporter of the poor. What did her ministries involve? What is her association with the widows of Joppa?
Twenty-nine people are mentioned in Romans 16:1-16, including ten women, seven of whom are described in terms of their ministries.
Paul included women, as well as men, as ministry partners. And he used the same ministry terms for his male and female co-workers. None of Paul’s statements, when understood in context, restricts the ministry of godly and gifted women.