The Book, God's Word to Women
Katharine C. Bushnell (1856-1946) was a courageous and gifted servant of
God who modeled her life’s motto “I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13). She was a physician, missionary, crusader,
reformer, author and speaker as well as a brilliant and original scholar who
spoke seven languages and was grounded in Greek and Hebrew. Bushnell left
medicine to do what she considered the more important work of reforming
conditions of human degradation through leadership in the Women’s Christian
Temperance Union (WCTU) of the 19th century women’s movement. The
scriptural status of women was of intense concern to Bushnell who came to
believe that mistranslations were responsible for the social and spiritual
subjugation of women. She left the WCTU in 1896 to spend her remaining
years writing and sharing the biblical truth of God’s original and unchanging
intent of full equality for women.
God's Word to Women by Katharine Bushnell is a groundbreaking
study that carefully examines every scripture relating to women. Jessie
Penn Lewis said that the material opened up the Scriptures in a way that can
only be described as containing a revelation direct from God. For many
today, it is the book that set them free to be what God has called them to be
and to do the work that the Holy Spirit has placed in their hearts.
While in China as a medical missionary, Bushnell discovered that the Chinese
Bible was mistranslated to support cultural prejudice against the ministry of
women. She wondered whether the same male bias might prejudice English
translations as well and renewed her study of Hebrew and Greek. Later,
while traveling throughout the world for the WCTU, she made good use of hours
spent on trains, boats and in rooms where she was staying to carefully compare
biblical translations with the Word as found in the original languages.
Through experience and study, the Lord was preparing Bushnell to write God's
Word to Women. Begun in 1908 as a correspondence course, it was first
published privately by Bushnell. Despite positive early reaction, the book
soon disappeared; and Bushnell died believing that her life had made little
impact. God knew better! The book was rediscovered and continues to be
republished by those who see its priceless value. Today it is finally
receiving well-deserved recognition as a foundational reference for those
working on the cutting edge of biblical equality for women.
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