God our Mother

The God of the Bible is portrayed primarily in male terms. The root metaphors for God in the Old and New Testaments are king and father respectively. Though God is “gendered” he is not sexed, which is to say he is not a biological male or female. So while God is primarily depicted as “he”, God is not exclusively thought of as male in the scriptures. Given that the foundational belief of holy scripture is that God is the creator of all things, and he made humans in his image, both male and female, it comes as no surprise that being the source of them he has feminine qualities. Continue reading “God our Mother”

Paul and Gender

The Apostle Paul is not usually thought of as the champion of women but rather the stodgy advocate of traditional gender stereotypes. Seasoned New Testament scholar Dr. Cynthia Long Westfall in the interview below at OnScript podcast talks about her ground breaking book Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in Christ, which shows how Paul is much more radical when it comes to gender than we have been led to believe. Continue reading “Paul and Gender”

The Women of Ephesus

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”

Is the Bible Patriarchal?

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?”

Rediscovering Womanhood in the Bible

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”