One reason I believe 1 Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34 were ad hoc regulations addressing local problems is because of a particular word found in both verses.
Several ancient Christian documents show that women were prominent ministers in the second century church. Two of these documents show that Theonoe and Myrte were prophetesses in the church at Corinth.
In 1 Timothy 3:2 and 2 Timothy 2:24 there is a rare Greek word, didaktikos. This word is usually translated as “able to teach”, but possibly should be translated as “teachable”.
What do Jesus and Paul say about female modesty and the problem of male lust?
Was Deborah the wife of Lappidoth, or from a town called Lappidoth? Or does “lappidoth” signify something quite different? And where does the name “Deborah” come from?
If Paul had meant for only men to be leaders and teachers, why doesn’t he mention this in his lists of ministries in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:28, and Ephesians 4:11?
What does the ministry of Priscilla and Aquila to Apollos reveal? (Acts 18:18-28). How did others feel about the couple and their ministry? (Romans 16:3-5)
The Hebrew word teshuqah is rare and obscure, but is usually translated as “desire” in Genesis 3:16: “your desire will be for your husband.” What does this mean?
Four little stories that show why preachers and writers should use feminine words and images if they want to engage and empower women as well as men.
One reason why some deny that women were leaders in the very early church is a poor understanding of church culture in the first century.
Have you heard people say that all sins (wrong doings) are the same before God? I have wondered about this belief. What does the Bible say about this?
This brief post looks at the telling way the Hebrew word kenegdo—used in the context of the creation of Eve in Genesis 2:18 & 20—is translated in a respected Afrikaans version of the Bible.
Are men accountable for their wives’ actions? This article looks at the accountability of Eve (pre-patriarchy) and of Sapphira (post-Pentecost)
Is the concept of “male headship” present in Genesis chapters 1-3 as some complementarians argue? How is the Hebrew word for “head” (rosh) used in these three chapters?
In this post I review Greg Forbes and Scott Harrower’s excellent 2015 book ‘Raised from Obscurity: A Narratival and Theological Study of the Characterization of Women in Luke-Acts’. I highly recommend this book!
The social world of the Roman Empire was patriarchal. Women were typically thought to be less capable than men, yet they were able to lead in certain contexts. This article describes four of these social contexts.
We need to put Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 into practice by honouring all equally (which means giving extra honour to those lacking it) and creating a community where all can contribute their gifts. Equality leads to unity.
Why did Peter use the phrase “weaker vessel” in 1 Peter 3:7? This article takes into consideration how the word “weak” was used in papyrus legal documents by women seeking justice.
Does Romans 5:12-21 teach us that God holds Adam, and not Eve, ultimately responsible and accountable for the first sin? How does Paul use the example of Adam in this passage?
Did God give Adam the responsibility of telling Eve the command about the forbidden fruit as some suggest? Eve’s statement to the serpent in Genesis 3:2-3 may hold the answer.
Some Christians have a faulty notion of gender roles that is based on an equally faulty notion of leadership. In this tiny post, I share two quotes on the nature of leadership.