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Framers and signatories of CBE’s flagship document, “Men, Women, and Biblical Equality,” describe the progress they’ve observed and their hopes for the future of the biblical egalitarian movement.

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We celebrate recent progress toward gender equality while keeping in mind the work yet to be done. The barriers to gender equality morph and evolve and require us to remain just as engaged as ever.

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Check out these recently published books that extend the biblical vision of equality throughout the church. From reflections on Exodus to American Christianity, there’s something for everyone!

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The story of Gideon helps us understand why there aren’t more women in ministry. When God called Gideon, he was reluctant and anxious and in hiding—and a mighty warrior.

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Genesis teaches that men and women share the divine image equally and are therefore fully equal as human beings.

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In his response to a question posed by the Sadducees, Jesus said that those in the resurrection "neither marry nor are given in marriage." The reason women will not be "given in marriage" is that, in the resurrection, they will not be viewed as property.

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Women’s ordination and inclusion as leaders within the early church can be seen clearly when we explore how women participated in Jesus’ ministry, with specific attention to Acts 9:1–2.

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By paying attention to the context and specific word usage of 1 Corinthians 14, it becomes clear that Paul was not asking anyone—tongues-speakers, prophets, or women—to be quiet permanently.

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When translators choose to use “whore” throughout Ezekiel 16, they let readers think it’s okay to use words with inescapably derogatory connotations. And the true focus of the passage—apostasy—gets lost.

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