Archive for the ‘Gender’ Category

  • Understanding contradictions: 1 Cor 14:34 (Part 1)

    Understanding contradictions: 1 Cor 14:34 (Part 1)

    Perhaps no Bible text illustrates the dangers of a simplistic reading of Scripture than 1 Cor 14:34. If we tear this verse from its cotext,1 and then read it as if the Bible were “God’s instruction manual for life” and even worse read it also literally then we are in trouble! The verse (in the [&hellip...

  • God the Midwife

    Aug 16, 15 • Gender, Genesis, Jeremiah, Job, OT, Psalms, TheologyComments Off on God the Midwife
    God the Midwife

    Here’s an old post, with now a screencast format and somewhat cleaned up audio. I briefly remind you of some of the passages that picture God as a midwife. The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) regularly pictures Yahweh as intimately associated with forming in the womb and with birthing. In view of “his” role as midwife [&hellip...

  • The doctrine of “headship”

    Nov 11, 14 • Ephesians, Gender, Isaiah, Jesus1 Comment
    The doctrine of “headship”

    There is a lot of discussion (at least there is in the online circles I move in) about claims to a doctrine of “headship” that is biblical and that means husbands should take a leadership role with respect to their their wives. Or possibly that men should over women more generally. In a recent discussion [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible Book 7 Judges: Gender Bending

    May 3, 14 • Gender, Humour, Judges2 Comments
    Humour in the Bible Book 7 Judges: Gender Bending

    Judges is one Bible book where it has been common to recognise humour. Ehud killing the fat and oppressive king Eglon in the toilet has been a popular example, though  I’ll pretty much leave the scatology to David and others who appreciate it 😉 I’d rather focus on gender. In Judges relationships between men and [&hellip...

  • What’s wrong with this picture? Effing the Ineffable

    Apr 3, 13 • Gender, Genesis, God as mother1 Comment
    What’s wrong with this picture? Effing the Ineffable

    Thalia invited me to do a series of (by my standards) longish posts over at Sacraparental. They introduce briefly some of the key ideas from my book Not Only a Father. The first has just appeared: What’s Wrong with this Picture? This is a podcast of that material. Talking in pictures is necessary when we [&hellip...

  • Was God married? Part two: the death of the goddess

    Mar 18, 13 • Gender, Theology2 Comments
    Was God married? Part two: the death of the goddess

    Francesca Stavrakopoulou closed her article “Why the BBC’s new face of religion believes God had a WIFE” saying: I can’t help but wonder what the world would be like had the goddess remained. Let’s explore the evidence and try to answer her speculation. This evidence comes mainly from surrounding peoples, though the Bible has some [&hellip...

  • Are you an idolater? (Not – Was God married? Part Two)

    Are you an idolater? (Not – Was God married? Part Two)

    As a matter of fact Yahweh was married, yet the Bible cannot tolerate people who speak of God as male or masculine. This podcast seeks to explore this apparent contradiction as a first follow up to yesterday’s “Why do you read? Or: Was God married?” The original (audio only) version of this podcast was here...

  • Why do you read? Or: Was God married?

    Why do you read? Or: Was God married?

    This is the video version of a post whose original audio only version is here. It was stimulated by an article in The Daily Mail (a UK tabloid newspaper) “Why the BBC’s new face of religion believes God had a WIFE” It caused a flurry among the Twittering classes, and on Facebook, and even among [&hellip...

  • Submission of wives in 1 Peter

    Sep 3, 12 • 1&2 Peter, Gender, Marriage, TranslationComments Off on Submission of wives in 1 Peter
    Submission of wives  in 1 Peter

    This post is a follow-up to the previous one, addressing submission in 1 Peter 3. 1 Peter 3:1 calls wives to -submit- to their husbands. What does it call husbands to do? Do our common English translations mislead us? Was Peter more revolutionary than we thought? In addressing this question, as well as a look [&hellip...

  • “Headship”: What did Paul really mean?

    “Headship”: What did Paul really mean?

    “Head” is often used as picture language. Because such language is always deeply cultural and even personal it is vital to think about what someone else means when they say head – unless it clearly is just the lump that keeps one’s neck from fraying. Paul’s usage is particularly interesting and has more to do [&hellip...