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Titus 2:3-5 – not as sexist as you may think

 

Two weeks ago, I reached a small milestone: The ripe old age of 45. When I was 10, I thought 45 is old! Then again, it was older than my parents were at the time. Maybe 45 qualifies me as an “older woman”, maybe it does not.

Lady interviewing someone for a survey

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However, I think it is finally time to teach a text in which the Bible calls older women to teach (urge, in this particular translation) younger ones:

3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. – Titus 2:3-5

What this passage does not teach:

Many women were taught an interpretation of this text which is not in there, so we will start with what it does not say. For that, compare these two quotes, and then see if you agree with me which one is like verse 4 : (more…)

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Why do some scholars think head mean source? Catherine Clark Kroeger explains

Most places where the bible use the word head, it speaks of that thing above the neck. A few places, it does not. Head carries the figurative meaning of authority figure in English, but what figurative meanings did it have in koine Greek? (The New Testament language) Here, Katherine Clark Kroeger gives her view of how head was understood by the ancients, and uses a lot of old sources to support it: (more…)

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