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Have You Ever Wondered about Deuteronomy 25:11-12? Submitted by Linda Lawler, Pittsburg, PA. A passage that has been deeply troubling to me for years...
WOMEN AND SCRIPTURE: When Hebrew and Greek become English Compiled by Sandra Dufield. The Bible is the inspired, trustworthy Word of God written and as such stands as the true revelation of God’s message, regardless of any human reaction to it.
Patriarchy or Gender Equality? The Letter to the Ephesians on Submission, Headship, and Slavery by Dr. Carrie A. Miles Is religion responsible for patriarchy or can its roots be found in economic necessity? Is Paul patriarchal or did early Christianity actually repudiate patriarchy? Carrie Miles answers these questions in this fascinating article. Don't miss it!
In the Beginning . . . by Karen K. Davidenko. Karen submitted this article on Genesis to a blog. When we saw it we thought it would be a fine word for the newsletter and a great addition to the website. Enjoy!
Genesis 3 The Temptation and Fall by Pat Joyce. Understanding Genesis 3 is critical for all Christians. This scripture study concentrates on the areas where errors in translation and/or interpretation have fostered faulty doctrine and unscriptural traditions.
Women in the New Testament: A Middle Eastern Cultural View by Dr. Kenneth Bailey. Dr. Bailey has kindly given permission for us to offer his article, "Women in the New Testament: A Middle Eastern Cultural View." This article was written in 1995. The truth about God's view of women is not new, it has been clearly stated over and over. Dr. Bailey, a renowned theologian, shows through careful consideration of scripture that biblically there is no ground for discrimination against women. It is amazing, that in the church, the tradition remains so prevalent.
The Evangelical Debate over Biblical "Headship" by Dr. David M. Scholer. In this scholarly article, Dr Scholer provides a synopsis of the debate over biblical headship. Much of the Christian literature in the past five years on domestic violence and sexual abuse of women, especially evangelical publications, contains pointed discussions of the relationship between biblical teachings of "male headship" and the reality of abused and battered women. Included are studies on kephale and authentein on the precise points upon which the so-called headship debate rests.
One Flesh by Leslie Johnson with Gary Johnson. Here's Chapter 5 of the Johnsons' book, Does God Really Prefer Men? An Open Letter to the Church in America. The subject of Christian marriage is rarely addressed, even in books on gender equality. The Johnsons have done a fine job. Want to know what God thinks about marriage? Read this article!! Their book, Does God Really Prefer Men? (PDF) is also available in paperback from Amazon.com.
Another Look At Eve by Jane McNally. Mother Eve gets a bad rap. But is it justified? Traditional Jewish and Christian interpretations of the early chapters of Genesis have led to the heaviest blame often falling on Eve for the entrance of sin and death into the world. Faulty interpretations of many Bible texts concerning women foster the low status, oppression, and abuse of women the world around, which is one of the greatest social evils.
Women Arising Now by Chuck Pierce. This article is Chapter Nine of his book The Future War of the Church. In this is a prophetic word for women, he proclaims that "despite the enemy's efforts to oppress and seduce women, we are about to see women of the Church arise and influence the world in a way they have never done before!"
Did Jepthah Kill His Daughter for a Burnt Offering or Not? by Francine Err. The debate continues as to whether or not Jephthah sacrificed his daughter as a burnt offering. Since even Bible scholars are divided on the question, it is hard to find the answer. This article lays out the facts and let's you make up your own mind. Excellent and informative!!!
Did Paul Really Say, "Let Women Keep Silent in the Churches?" by Dennis J. Preato. This article provides objective evidence that verses 34-35 of 1st Corinthians 14 do not represent the inspired writings of the Apostle Paul or any other inspired writer. We are grateful to Dennis for sending us his excellent work on behalf of women.
The Silence That Shouts by Pamela Walford. This article challenges the traditional view that God is noncommittal and neutral about the atrocities against women in the book of Judges. She has written a truly penetrating article on the Book of Judges.
Junia, A Woman Apostle by Dianne. D. McDonald. This outstanding article presents a clear and easy to read case for Junia as an apostle who was woman. She includes Romans 16:7, with numerical references to Strong's Concordance for easy reference, followed by an explanation of critical words.
Covet to Prophesy by Katharine C. Bushnell. A rare copy of the booklet was sent to us by Ruth Hoppin the author of Priscilla's Letter. From Genesis to Paul, Bushnell takes on tradition stating "There is no middle ground safe for the Church. She should either silence women altogether in every activity that would make her voice heard in the Church as a teacher or preacher, or else give a tardy assent to the truth of Paul's sweeping assertion that "there can be no male and female" distinctions as to call and privilege that the Church is authorized to make, or can make, without mischief to the body of believers. Covet to Prophesy is a real find. Enjoy!
The Badge of Guilt and Shame by Katharine Bushnell. Another rare booklet by Bushnell. This one takes on the head covering dialog from 1 Corinthians 11. Bushnell contends that the church must not teach one thing and do another but must prove the scripture. She says, "Therefore, a fresh deeper investigation into the Apostle's utterances is urgently needed, ... that the church may conserve its own interests while at the same time maintaining a consistent course of conduct. The church must give no uncertain sound in both example and teaching and in its proclamation of the Word of God as supreme in authority."
The Vashti-Esther Story by Katharine Bushnell. Would you think it possible to write an article on the book of Esther without focusing on the time spent in preparation for presentation to the king? Here it is. A rare gem preserved for our day, the article is timely truth revealing the heart of God. This is the only writing by Bushnell that we have been able to find besides God's Word to Women. If any of you have access to more of her material, please contact us. We would like to see whatever is left of her work preserved.
Jesus Was A Feminist by Leonard Swidler. This article concludes that our Lord, Jesus, was a feminist. He defines feminist as "a person who is in favor of, and who promotes, the equality of women with men, a person who advocates and practices treating women primarily as human persons (as men are so treated) and willingly contravenes social customs in so acting."
Jesus Friend of Women - by Dr. Susan C. Hyatt. Jesus lived in "a man's world," yet He often went against the norms of patriarchal culture by treating women as persons equal with men. In general, we miss this when we read the Gospels and we fail to grasp the radical nature of Jesus' actions. This article is from Susan's book In the Spirit We're Equal. It is available by emailing Susan at SueICWHP@aol.com.
The Son Re-expressing the Father's Heart Towards Women by Dee Alei. This is Chapter 7 of her book From Bondage to Blessing. Jesus continually broke with the traditions, religious law and attitudes of the time regarding women. In this chapter we see how He continually affirmed women, honoring them, encouraging them in their faith, giving them dignity, equality, value and lifting them up to the men as positive examples. After reading this you may want to order the whole book.
Who's the Boss? by Drs. Eddie & Susan Hyatt. The article gives 3 reasons why Ephesians 5:21-33 is not about authority in marriage. It is a brief summation of the arguments presented in the Hyatts' new book by the same name.
A Challenge for Proponents of Female Subordination To Prove Their Case from The Bible by Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian. Dr. Bilezikian issues a challenge to prompt Christians to grapple with biblical facts rather than to accept traditional assumptions about female roles. This article is a "must read."
Ancient Heresies and a Strange Greek Verb by Catherine C. Kroeger. Dr. Kroeger helps clear the mystery of the passage in 1 Timothy 2:12-14 that seems to say that Paul forbids women to teach or have authority over men while in other places he has mentioned with approval their teaching and leadership.
The Head in the Epistles by Berkeley and Alvera Mickelsen. What did the apostle Paul mean when he wrote, "For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body" (Eph. 5:23)? And, "The head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God" (I Cor. 11:3)? This classic article challenges traditional interpretation of the word "head" in these scriptures!
The Glory of the Lord is Upon You by Carole Scott. This prophetic message, "Get Up Daughters, The Glory Of The Lord Is Upon You!" was birthed in that vision and is empowered with an anointing prayer for women of all ages.
The Challenges of Intimacy by Richard Barnor. This is chapter five of Divine Intimacy—An Invitation to Passionate Love. Richard stirs up the reader to recognize that Adam and Eve's condition of nakedness didn't need to bring shame because it speaks of intimacy. Because Adam and Eve initially possessed God's unconditional love, transparency--the ability to be the real you--was the result.
Did Paul Really Teach About Women, What We Were Told that He Taught? - by Mary Seltzer.
Breakthrough News for Women by David Fees. The article challenges the traditional interpretation of scriptures concerning the role of women in God's plan and in the church.
Priscilla and Phoebe show us about Paul by David Fees. A careful look at the writing of Paul concerning Priscilla and Phoebe reveal about Paul's beliefs about the function and place of women.
Covering, A Covenant Word by Gay Anderson was presented in our Fall 2000 newsletter. This article looks at the scriptural origin of covering and how God intends it to function in our lives.
Jezebel Spirit Unmasked by Gay Anderson. The Summer 2001 newsletter article contests both the validity of the term Jezebel spirit and the use of this term against women in ministry.
Who is the Priest in the Home? by Barbara Collins. Done for the Fall 2001 newsletter Barbara exposes the error and consequences of this unbiblical doctrine.
God's Gals by Gerald McCray. We (Barbara, Gay and Pat of God's Word to Women) are pleased to be able to put up Chapter 11 from God's Gals by Gerald McCray. Gerald contacted us a few years ago asking permission to use our website as a resource, a real complement. He also wanted to use some of the articles by Kathryn and Richard Riss, so we put him in contact with Kathryn who wound up editing his book. We are delighted that he mentions our friendship on his acknowledgements page. The book is making an impact. God's Gals can be purchased from your local Christian bookstore or ordered from Amazon.com.
A Woman's Place by Bernadine Tillman. This article is the introduction and first chapter of the book A Woman's Place which contains incites and experiences from two years of a Bible study based on God's Word to Women. This book offers a fresh bold view and is a testimony to God's faithfulness to those who seek truth.
Helen Barrett Montgomery's Centenary Translation of the New Testament Characteristics and Influences by Dr. Sharyn Dowd. The purpose of this article is to call attention to Helen Barrett Montgomery's translation of the New Testament into contemporary English, published in 1924. While Montgomery credits many male sources other interpretations which appear to have been borrowed from Katharine Bushnell are not credited. This paper examines the evidence that Katharine Bushnell was a probable source. Dr. Dowd's notes will be of particular interest to those doing research on women's issues.
We are Witnesses to a Mystery by Ruth Hoppin. The first chapter and a paragraph from the ending of the book entitled "Charge to the Jury," is taken from the book Priscilla's Letter, Finding the Author of the Epistle to the Hebrews which is written as a fascinating trial where the evidence is laid out before a jury. The book was taken out of print after only a few months of availability. Circumstances suggest deliberate suppression due to the influence of those who regard the concept of female authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews intolerable. Fascinating!
Journey's End by Kathryn Riss. This is the conclusion of her book by the same name. The "serpent's seed" has attacked God's daughters long enough. It's time for the truth to set them free! We hope that you will be so refreshed, challenged and inspired by this thought-provoking article that you will want the get the book.
Jesus Was Angry by Adele Hebert. Is it right for you to be angry? Righteous anger is good because it motivates us to do what is right. Amazingly, Jesus never got angry with women and He was more severe with his male disciples than anyone else. This article provides a thorough look at anger. The reader will see the instances and motivation of Jesus' anger and the Biblical differences in Jesus' correction of men and women: He never rebukes women! He leads them ever so gently, no names, and no harsh critical words. In fact, Jesus always uplifts them, guarding their honor, hearing them, blessing them.
Tears are Treasured by Adele Hebert. Enjoy this in depth Bible Study on all the tears in the New Testament.
A Woman's Place: Keeper at Home by Charis R. Hart. Have you heard of "a Titus 2 woman"? What is a "keeper at home"? Enjoy this Biblical word study which digs beneath the surface to reveal some surprising details about God's Calling upon women.