Does the Old Testament contain one of the oldest examples of an appeal for women’s rights? The story of the daughters of Zelophehad in Numbers 27 is one that you may never have noticed. It’s a fair guess that you never learned about it in kids’ church, haven’t been to a Bible study where this text… Continue reading Securing Their Future: the Daughters of Zelophehad
Q&A: Do Genesis 3 and Ephesians 5 make men spiritual leaders? (Part 1)
Q: Bronwen, I notice that twice in Genesis 3, God addresses Adam about the broken commandment, but doesn’t mention it to Eve. This seems to imply that God doesn’t hold her accountable as the leader, but instead holds Adam responsible as the spiritual leader. Looking forward, just as Eve was not trusted with the responsibility… Continue reading Q&A: Do Genesis 3 and Ephesians 5 make men spiritual leaders? (Part 1)
Q&A: Is a Feminist Reading of the Bible Possible?
This question was asked in an online group I am a member of, by a person who describes herself as a “healthy sceptic” about religion. This is a somewhat expanded and edited version of my answer to her question in that forum. Q: Bronwen, after reading the Bible (King James version) please explain how it… Continue reading Q&A: Is a Feminist Reading of the Bible Possible?
Q&A: Do Egalitarians Bend to Culture?
Q: Bronwen, when I tell my Christian friends that I believe in the equality of men and women, they say that egalitarians are just bending to culture, rather than being shaped by Scripture. Is this true? A: In my previous Q&A post, I looked at whether egalitarians twist Scripture to ignore or change the passages… Continue reading Q&A: Do Egalitarians Bend to Culture?
The Bible on Rape (1): Susanna’s Story
Katie Edwards and Emma Nagouse of the University of Sheffield recently published an article on The Conversation titled “How the Bible Shapes Contemporary Attitudes to Rape and Sexual Assault.” In it, Edwards and Nagouse discuss the victim-blaming attitude about rape demonstrated by a retiring UK judge, and then go on to provide some examples of… Continue reading The Bible on Rape (1): Susanna’s Story
“Enwhitenment”: The Bible’s Surprising Take on Men & Women
Is the Bible any sort of a place to find relevant and useful ideas on gender issues? And what does this question have to do with an ad for photocopier paper? (Those are two sentences you never expected to find in the one paragraph!) In this post, I provide an overview of the treatment of women throughout… Continue reading “Enwhitenment”: The Bible’s Surprising Take on Men & Women