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A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible

What, if anything, does the Bible actually say or imply about gender relations given the material world of Scripture? This series is meant to cover what many Bible readers lack: a basic understanding of the daily lives of people described in the biblical texts and how that matters in discerning the biblical prescriptions.

These articles will critique and engage with some of the contemporary Western church’s common assumptions about this topic from the perspective of the biblical authors. The immediate goal is to clarify what these ancient men and women actually did in their daily and ritual lives, and how those activities were gender-delineated, if at all.

CONTENT IN THIS SERIES

Ruins of the ancient Jewish synagogue at Capernaum

What We Can Learn from Women’s Roles in Ancient Synagogues

Women’s roles in first-century synagogues paint a complex picture of their authority and participation in ancient religious spaces.

Part of the A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible series

Sisera's mother

For All Have Sinned: Learning from Bad Women in the Bible

Alongside the bad men, there were bad women in the Bible who engaged their social and political powers to disobey God.

Part of the A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible series

Moses' mother and Miriam

Pharaoh’s Daughter, Hebrew Midwives, Miriam: Freedom Fighters of the Exodus

Each of the Exodus women maximized her culturally defined role to flip the tables on injustice.

Part of the A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible series

Painting representing PTSD

Does God Really Command Women to Marry Their Rapists? A Study of Deuteronomic Law

Deuteronomic law values the well-being of its female citizens, empowers them with a legal voice, and relies on rational proof.

Part of the A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible series

Ancient Israelite carpenter

The Reality of Gender in the Ancient Israelite Household

The cultural and social context of ancient Israelite households matters for today, and for our understanding of gender in the Bible.

Part of the A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible series

Statue of an ancient Roman woman

The Agency of Women in Ancient Rome

Women in ancient Rome who upheld modesty, chastity, and loyalty to family and Rome demonstrated their agency, despite cultural hierarchy.

Part of the A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible series

Painting of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

The Roots of Violence: Male Violence against Women in Genesis

Male violence against women in Genesis belongs within the broader narrative portrait of humanity’s violence and rebellion against God.

Part of the A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible series

Aimee Byrd and her book, Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Critiquing the Church’s Beliefs about Sex and Gender (Aimee Byrd)

Author and speaker Aimee Byrd believes that a careful reading of the biblical texts should inform the church’s view on sex and gender.

Part of the A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible series

Ancient statue of a woman baking bread

Were Ancient Israelite Women Subservient? The Bible and Archaeology

Despite a common assumption, Israelite women were not dominated by men throughout ancient Israelite society.

Part of the A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible series