Does Paul Really Think Women are Gossips and Busybodies?

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My post for this week at bible.org:

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul told his protégé, “As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith (1 Tim. 1:3, NASB, emphasis mine).

English-speaking evangelicals are three to four times more likely than the population at large to use male wording when the original author had “people” in mind. And 1 Timothy 1:3 is an example of an instance in which it hurts us to do so. While we know the word “men” can really mean “people,” we still tend to read the word “men” in 1 Timothy 1:3 as “males.” And that leaves us thinking that males …

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The Invention of Wings

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I just finished listening to Sue Monk Kidd’s novel, The Invention of Wings. When I chose it as my “Audible” selection for January, I had no idea about its subject matter. I knew only that I love just about anything Kidd writes. She can spin a fine yarn (Secret Life of Bees, for example) and is unafraid to explore topics relating to women, religion, and justice.

In the case of The Invention of Wings,  Kidd made a foray into historical fiction, and—joy!—she chose as her protagonist a historical woman I had “met” in my gender studies at UTD: Sarah Grimke. Grimke was a belle living on a Charleston plantation in the 18th century. But she ended up doing some radical stuff for a woman of any era, but especially for her own. She never married. She became a Quaker. She spoke publicly to men and women. …

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