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Seventeen essays explore how the biblical Miriam, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary of Bethany, and Mary Magdalene were portrayed in the early Christian era, also touching on Jewish and Muslim interpretations.

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This article focuses on a little-discussed, negative effect of American Christian purity culture on women. Purity culture conditions women to not trust their body. This conditioning can negatively affect women’s bodily response when they experience physical trauma.

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A seminary student explores questions about God-given hierarchy between women and men, including what the New Testament teaches about power, domination, and status to affirm God’s intent for women’s equality with men.

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Jesus’s encounter with the Syrophoenician woman of Mark 7 changed the minds of the first disciples and has the power to change modern minds as well.

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First Corinthians presents Christian women with a time to speak, not a time to be silent.

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Like Mary of Luke 10, our identity in Christ is not primarily as females or males, but as faithful disciples.

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The marriage guidance in Ephesians 5, rather than subjecting wives, is aimed at bringing the freedom of true Christian community into our homes.

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Is it wrong to call God “Mother”? Can moms be a strong example of how God loves us? One writer returns to the text to find out by mining the feminine attributes for God given to the Israelites.

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This is the third in a series about Bible word studies and translation for egalitarians. This entry focuses on a particular instance of a word doesn’t contain all the meaning that the word can carry in 1 Timothy 2.

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I know that lack of sex and consent education harmed my husband’s and my sex life in the early years of our marriage. But as I look back, I realize that’s only one side of the coin. The other was biblical illiteracy.

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