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newlife · 4d ago

Were there women elders in New Testament churches? (Part 2)

In this article I look at the NT verse which mentions women elders and compare it with other verses. I also look at elders, men and women, in early Judaism. My claim is that the “older women...
newlife · 2W ago

Were there women elders in New Testament churches?

Three times this past week I've been in online conversations where a person has stated that women were not leaders or elders in early churches. Was this really the case? Continue reading»
newlife · 3W ago

Were Priscilla, Phoebe and Junia friends?

Priscilla, Phoebe and Junia were Christian ministers who sometimes travelled. The NT shows that, at the very least, their paths crossed one or twice. Did these women become friends? I hope s...
newlife · 1M ago

Is it he, she, they or we who crush the serpent’s head? (Genesis 3:15)

I’ve been using the Common English Bible and was surprised to read God say to the snake, "They will strike your head." Other translations of Genesis 3:15 have he, she or it will strike... Wh...
newlife · 2M ago

The Queen of Sheba and 3 other Powerful Female Rulers in the Bible

There were powerful women in Bible times. Some were godly, others were not. But nowhere in the Bible is there an indication that God did not approve of these women leaders because they were ...
newlife · 2M ago

Apphia of Colossae: Philemon’s wife or another Phoebe?

Apphia is greeted at the beginning of the Paul's letter to Philemon. Who was this woman, and what was her role or position in the church at Colossae? Was she Philemon's wife? Was she another...
newlife · 3M ago

1 Corinthians 11 and Subverted Hierarchy

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul has a keen interest in setting up hierarchies of human honour, and then subverting them, as Matthew Malcolm shows in his concise, insightful and liberating post. C...
newlife · 3M ago

A Better Translation of Genesis 3:16?

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the ESV's revised translation of Genesis 3:16, Matt Lynch summarises Andrew Macintosh's 2016 paper on the Hebrew word teshuqah (traditionally trans...
newlife · 3M ago

Which Bible translation is best?

Many Christians are dissatisfied with English translations that seem biased towards men when, in fact, the intended meaning of many passages is gender-inclusive. So, what is the best Bible ...
newlife · 4M ago

Did Jesus address only men in Luke 14:25-27?

In Luke 14:25-27 Jesus said that his disciples have to hate their father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters. A reader asks, "Was Jesus speaking to only men here?" Continue r...