The Bible is a sprawling text which makes a committed, penetrating study of it a challenge. The very question of where to begin can be daunting enough. Even though it is not usually thought of in that way, I consider such questions to be hermeneutical issues because how we decide to approach the text has direct impact how we interpret it. Continue reading “Making the Bible your own”
I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. – 1 Timothy 2:11-12 ESV
1 Timothy 2:8-15 is one of the most controversial passages in the New Testament but is Paul simply expressing ancient, patriarchal culture that sought to suppress women? In the video below Dr. Gary Hoag explains how ancient context illuminates this passage of Scripture for us in rather surprising ways. Continue reading “The Women of Ephesus”
It’s been a while since I blogged about the role of men and women in the family, church and the larger society. Since I last wrote about it, I realised the issue was more complex than I had imagined and so I decided instead to take my time to learn more before I wrote about it again. Continue reading “Is the Bible Patriarchal?”
Over the last year I have been exploring womanhood in the Bible and what it means for the Church and society. Things happened in my life, including very important changes, which made me think it worthwhile reassessing my view of women. One of the things that really struck me as I reflected on things over the course of various events is that it is much harder being a woman than a man. Continue reading “Rediscovering Womanhood in the Bible”
The task of empowering women in the Church in a biblical manner is very important to me. As I was exploring the issue of biblical womanhood this week (and coming to some unexpected conclusions) I stumbled on jeremiahgibbs.com, an excellent blog which offered me some important new biblical insights on this all important matter. (Him being a fellow N.T. Wright fan also didn’t hurt.) Click here to go directly to his page on “Women and Ministry” which offers thoughtful contributions to the topic. I particularly learnt a lot from his series The Bible Says Women Should Lead.
A few months ago a friend of mine introduced me to a local group in the Twitterverse which I never knew existed on Ghanaian social media. Continue reading “Feminism for the confused Ghanaian Male”