Bible Articles on the Topic of Equality of women

The following articles have been compiled and indexed by inWORD Bible software.

The Virtuous Woman

Proverbs 31 describes the character of the ideal wife or mother. So wonderful are the characteristics of this woman, that [Christian] sisters despair of ever being able to attain unto her standard, whilst brethren live in hope that they may find a wife that comes somewhere near the character described.

Alone Joined

“God says, ‘It’s not good that humans be alone. I will make him a helper against him...’ The man said, ‘This time, it is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This shall be called Woman.’ Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:18, 23-24)

An Opposing Helper

After creating the world and Adam to preside over it, God proclaimed that it was not good for man to be by himself (Genesis 2:18). Rashi explains that this statement reflected God’s concern that the earthly creatures not deify Adam. Seeing that God was alone in the heavens, they might erroneously think that since man was alone on earth, he too was a deity of sorts. To preclude this problem from happening, God decided to create a woman for Adam to serve as his partner.

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Lost

George Gilder in his book Men and Marriage stated one thesis on the differences of men and women. He proposes that men are barbarians who desire to hunt, to obtain power, and to wander. Women, on the other hand, have a maternal instinct and are sexually superior to men in that they experience sexual love, intercourse, marriage, child conception, childbearing and breast feeding. Gilder says that men must be tamed and transformed by the love of a woman. If the woman gives her love away freely to the barbarian, he will not be tamed.

Deborah & Barak: Example for Women or Embarrassment for Men?

Does Deborah provide us with an example about the place and function of women in marriage, in church and in society? There are those who think so. Donna Strom, professor at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Dehra Dun, Northern India, laments that women have, in the main, been involved only in increasing the human population, and done so little (“except for a rare Margaret Thatcher or Indira Gandhi”) to join men in ruling the earth.² So she writes of Deborah: “What Deborah’s example obviously teaches is that women should not be excluded from any levels of decision-making, religious or political.”³ Because Professor Strom sees men hindering women in taking positions of leadership, she writes: “Many have asked, ‘Where are the Deborahs?’ But a more relevant question today is: where are the Baraks, Lapidoths, and 10,000 men who will allow God to use His Deborahs?”⁴

Eve’s Dual Roles

Adam was to have been the creature who was to reign over the entire earth as God’s appointed surrogate. But he was supposed to have remembered that God was the ultimate decision maker and ruler. By acquiescing to the rule of his Creator, Adam would have sanctified all earthly existence. Adam was charged with one mitzvah, and his task was to serve God directly by keeping it.

Ezer Kenegdo

“Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper [‘ezer] fit for him.’” (Genesis 2:18)

Back To The Mud Pile

“Then the LORD God said, ‘It’s not good that the human is alone.’” (Genesis 2:18)

The Woman Who Stood Against Adam

“The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:20)

What Is A “Help Meet?"

“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” (Genesis 2:18, KJV)

Women Teaching or Having Authority

“Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.” (1 Timothy 2:11-12)

Socio-historical Case Study: First Century Jewish Women

It has sometimes been argued that the social status of women in the first century prevented them from participating in Jewish religious activities, and that Christianity liberated them from this situation. The socio-historical evidence shows this is not true.

He Shall Rule Over Thee

When the woman was deceived, and then so readily sought to gratify her flesh, the Lord God passed sentence upon her and made self-gratification the ground of her punishment: “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee”. This being the woman’s portion as the consequence of sin, the reverse would have been her lot if she had remained obedient. She would have brought forth children without pain, and would have had fewer of them. She would also have escaped degradation and retained the equality enjoyed in the garden of Eden. The punishment was not inflicted simply as an individual sorrow, although the pain was personal and the subjection likewise; but the multiplication of woman’s conception became necessary from the altered circumstances of things in the earth which were to remain for the ensuing seven thousand years. In the war divinely instituted between the seeds of the Serpent and the Woman, there would be great loss of life; the population of the world would be greatly thinned, and great havoc would result from pestilence, famine and disease. It was to compensate for this waste, and yet maintain an increase so that the earth may be filled, that necessitated the woman’s multiplication of conception.

A Study of Scriptural Roles

All the great themes of Scripture have their origin in the book of Genesis, and the subject of man and woman before God is no exception. Each of the main passages in the New Testament dealing with the relative roles of brother and sister in ecclesial life point to the Creation and Fall as the source of their teaching, and it is there that we begin.

The Role of Women

All the great themes of Scripture have their origin in the book of Genesis, and the subject of man and woman before God is no exception. Each of the main passages in the New Testament dealing with the relative roles of brother and sister in ecclesial life point to the Creation and Fall as the source of their teaching, and it is there that we begin.

Role of Women: Lessons from the Law of Moses

In the previous article two principles emerged which are to form the basis of the remainder of the study. Firstly, men and women have an equal status in God’s sight, an equal opportunity to work together around the Word and to seek salvation. Secondly, there is a hierarchy of authority and responsibility delegated from the Lord which results in man being head of the woman. Clearly there is a potential for conflict between these two, but in seeing how the principles are expressed in Scripture we shall discover how they are reconciled in God’s sight.

There Is Neither Male Or Female

Two principles have emerged from our study of the Old Testament foundations of this subject: firstly, there is an equality between man and woman before God where salvation is concerned; and secondly, there is a hierarchy established which demonstrates that “the head of the woman is the man”. We begin the New Testament studies by looking at the first of these principles, as expressed in Galatians 3.

Speaking, Teaching and Public Prayer

We now consider New Testament doctrine regarding the roles of brother and sister in respect to speaking, teaching and public prayer. There are three main passages, 1 Timothy 2:11-15,1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and Titus 2:3-5, each of which will be considered in its context. These passages provide principles for ecclesias [churches] in every age, and our ultimate aim will be to consider how these principles are to be applied today.

The Headcovering

In this article we deal with 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, where the Spirit through Paul gives direction concerning the head covering. This must be one of the most difficult passages in the New Testament, not helped by the absence of parallel passages on the subject. Any exposition must therefore be offered with a great measure of humility and an awareness that we must be prepared to listen to each other in understanding this chapter.

Two Households

At the very beginning of our study it was recognised that God created both man and woman to have dominion on the earth (Genesis 1:26-28). This primary order of creation was subsequently refined by the manner of Eve’s creation whereby she became second to Adam in the God-given hierarchy of authority. These foundation principles, the equality of status but difference of function, are developed throughout Scripture as the basis of the roles of man and woman before God. Both are to receive the Word of God and make it the basis of their lives. Both are to ensure that such influence as they can bring to bear on their surroundings is a Divine influence and, in the Spirit of Christ, seek to make the Lord’s will paramount. The woman, however, though encouraged by Scripture to use initiative, is to work out her dominion within the overall framework of male leadership. It is the man who has the ultimate responsibility for controlling the direction of events which are to be, to the best of his understanding, in accordance with God’s ways. In turn, he is to seek and to value the woman’s counsel, remembering always that the phrase “help meet” means a God-given fellow-worker in the task of understanding and implementing the Divine will.

Woman

woom ́an (אשּׁה, ‘ishshāh, “a woman” (feminine of אישׁ, ‘īsh, “a man”; γυνή, gunḗ, “a woman” “wife”):