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Vindicating Bathsheba

By: Amanda Pence | November 3, 2022

If we truly want to cultivate a culture in our church where women and men thrive as equals, we must stop blaming victims, including Bathsheba, who honored the Torah much more than David did. We must listen when someone comes forward, believe that they are acting in good faith, and investigate.

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Chinese Interpretations of Galatians 3:28: Ambiguities, Insights, and Paths Forward

By: Yu-huei Huang | November 3, 2022

Examine interpretations of Galatians 3:28 by nine Chinese pastors and biblical scholars, spanning from the 1970s to 2010, discovering common ambiguities which may hinder their application in ministry. One-ness in Christ has ethical and social ramifications.

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The Ministry of Women and the Merger of Church and State in Fourth-Century Christianity

By: Shelley Siemens Janzen | November 3, 2022

Christianity's fourth-century merger with the Roman Empire suppressed the NT pattern of welcoming women as exemplary servant leaders.

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Paul’s Concern for Ephesus: A Survey of 1 Timothy 2:8–15

By: Eliza Stiles | November 3, 2022

Paul’s concern about the situation in Ephesus is not that women or men are causing problems, but that the church’s witness in the Ephesian community is at risk. In 1 Timothy 2:8–15 Paul urges Timothy to counter false teaching with prayer, humility, education, and by confronting abusive authority.

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Book Review: Valiant or Virtuous? Gender Bias in Bible Translation

By: Michaela Miller | November 3, 2022

Suzanne McCarthy has offered a unique and valuable resource for egalitarian readers who are interested in the nuances of gender in Bible translation.

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Social Action and the Canaanite Woman of Matthew 15

By: Molly Tomashek | November 3, 2022

In Matt 15:21–28 Matthew presents Jesus as the mirror that exposes the need for social action. A socio-rhetorical approach informs the modern reader’s engagement for social change as seen in the text’s dialogue, characterization, Jewish perspective, and contextual significance.

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Editor's Reflection: Autumn 2022

By: Jeff Miller | November 3, 2022

All the items in the following pages are high-quality and worthy of your careful consideration. Furthermore, all the articles were written by graduate students, hence the theme of the issue, “Student Scholarship.”

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A Medieval Makeover: Women's Roles Before and After the Reformation

By: Michele Arndt | November 3, 2022

The journey of women’s leadership in the church is hardly a straight line. It is a curvy road with plenty of twists and turns, sometimes pointing women to lead and, at other times, pointing them right out the door. One result of the Protestant Reformation was to drive women out of leadership and into [...]

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The Gospel According to Zeffirelli

By: Neil Rees | November 2, 2022

We often fail to see the cultural complexity of the Bible. We need to seek to understand its world, not just its words. Our own cultural projections of Jesus and his disciples lead us to miss the inclusion of women at the heart of Jesus’s ministry.

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Women in Scripture and Mission: Rafka

By: CBE International | November 1, 2022

Christian history is full of remarkable women. Here we highlight women in the Old Testament, New Testament, and in mission since the early days of the church to the twenty-first century.

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