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Questions about the different roles and characteristics of men and women as described in the bible.

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In 1 Corinthians 11:3-10 what does it mean that the head of the woman/wife is the husband/man?

What is the Biblical basis for male headship per 1 Corinthians 11:3-10? From what I have studied, the meaning of the word "head" back in the time Paul wrote it meant "source". The definition "leader" ...
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Why were men more valuable than women in Leviticus 27:3-8?

Leviticus 27:3-8 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 3 The price for a man from 20 to 60 years old is 50 shekels[a] of silver. (You must use the official measure for the silver.) 4 The price for a woman who ...
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Does Leviticus 18:19 say women should be put apart during the menstrual cycle for health reasons or for defilement? [closed]

Deliberate preaching of the "whole counsel of God" will naturally encourage pastoral caregivers to continue the important conversation in Leviticus 18 as it carefully illustrates the pitfalls and the ...
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What does Paul mean when he said, “she … is dead even while she is still alive” in 1 Timothy 5:6?

1 Timothy 5:6 But she who lives for pleasure is dead even while she is still alive.
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Understanding 1 Tim 2:11, 12 about wives and gender [closed]

Here is my attempt to understand 1 Tim 2:11, 12. The Greek text of 1 Timothy 2:11, 12, according to Nestle-Aland (UBS 5th Ed) is the basis for most translations in English. According to the Majority ...
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In 1 Peter 3:7, why does Peter refer to the wives as weaker?

The thrust of 1 Peter 2:13-3:7 seems to be about living differently in existing relationships "for the Lord's sake" because we have been changed - note 2:13 "for the Lord's sake...", 3:1 "in the same ...
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Woman behavior according to 1 Timothy 2.9-15 - historical context

I am meditating in the pastoral letters of Paul, trying to understand deeply his advice. However due to my lack of historical context knowledge, I couldn't really understand what he really meant on 1 ...
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What does 1 Timothy 5:9 mean about not admitting widows under sixty years old? Was it to the church back then? And why?

In 1 Timothy 5:9 (KJV) it states: Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man." What does the age of a widow have to do with her desire ...
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1 Timothy 2:15 - 'she' and 'they'

1 Timothy 2:12-15 (ESV) I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but ...
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Proverbs 8:22-31. Woman Wisdom personification or actual divine being? [duplicate]

In Proverbs 8:22-31, a figure known as "Woman Wisdom" is described as being present when God was creating the world. Obviously, "Woman Wisdom" serves as a great personification to teach about the ...
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In Genesis 2:18, was Eve made during or after the 7 days?

In Genesis 2:18, was Eve made during the same day as Adam, or after the 7 days of creation? Gen 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help ...
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Which hermeneutical trump card wins in 1 Timothy: audience, cultural context, historical reference, or translation?

I have read books gifted to me or web articles from searches that each play a "trump card" to win the day for their 1 Timothy interpretation. See Pandora's Pulpit by Roger Sapp or The Junia Project, ...
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Does Genesis 2:21-24 suggest that the woman shared Adam's breath?

In the making of Adam we are told that after Yehovah sculpted him into a statue of himself he breathed into him the breath of life and animated hime. Eve was sculpted from Adam's spare rib but there ...
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What Does the Greek Word ‘Didaskein’ mean in 1 Timothy 2:12?

1 Timothy 2:12 says: “But I suffer not a woman to teach [διδάσκειν], nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence” (KJV). The word 'didaskein' translated 'to teach' has me a tad ...
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Why distinguish the genders of asses/donkeys in Gen 12:16?

BHS has Genesis 12:16 as: וּלְאַבְרָ֥ם הֵיטִ֖יב בַּעֲבוּרָ֑הּ וַֽיְהִי־ל֤וֹ צֹאן־וּבָקָר֙ וַחֲמֹרִ֔ים וַעֲבָדִים֙ וּשְׁפָחֹ֔ת וַאֲתֹנֹ֖ת וּגְמַלִּֽים׃ KJV reads: And he entreated Abram well for ...
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Genesis 3:16 - “Pain in Childbearing” or “Toil and Childbearing”

I recently came across a translation of Genesis 3:16 that seems to reinterpret the pronouncement on Eve. Carol Meyers* translates the first part of the verse like so: "I will greatly increase your ...
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What do we know about the gender of nephilim?

Is there any reference to the gender of the nephilim in the Bible? From what I understand they have been created by sons of God with the women of men (Genesis 6:4 ESV): The Nephilima were on the ...
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1 Tim 2:12: What about a woman prophesying with authority over a man? [closed]

For as long as I can remember I have implicitly read this verse as specifically referring to office-authority, IE church leadership role. Given Paul's implicit endorsement of women prophesying in 1 ...
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What are the genders of the people listed in Nehemiah 8:4 and 8:7

This might seem a little esoteric for my first question on this site, but it relates to some research I'm doing and I haven't found an answer among the resources I possess. When Ezra reads out the ...
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Why do brothers take care of women in the Old Testament?

In the Old Testament, there are several instances where when it comes to taking care of a young woman, usually with regard to who she will marry, it is the brothers of the girl that make an effort to ...
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In Ecclesiastes 7:28 why are there no upright women?

28which my soul has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found. ESV My question drawn from Ecclesiastes 7:28 is a simple ...
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Does Paul's teaching about women in Galatians 3:27-28 contradict that of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35?

Why did Paul mean in Galatians 3:27-28 when he says that all of the Galatians were one in Christ? Does this contradict what Paul had taught elsewhere about the role of women in the ekklēsia (church)? ...
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Why is Sarah the only woman with an age mentioned in Genesis?

Abraham's wife Sarah is the only female in Genesis for whom an age is ever mentioned. We can read the span of her life (127 years per Genesis 23:1). However, even in advance of when she became ...
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What do women do when they're “ministering” in front of God's tabernacle?

Exodus 38:8 says that the bronze basin of the Tabernacle and its bronze stand was made from the mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting. Why do those women need mirrors?...
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What is the significance of “naming” descendants after someone else, e.g. Tamar in 2 Samuel 14?

Is there any significance that David's son Absalom names his only daughter "Tamar" after Absalom's sister named "Tamar"? Also, what is the significance of the name "Tamar" meaning "Palm Tree" as it ...
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Genesis Lifetime Wording

Note: What’s below is from my NAV. For the people in Genesis with any age given, lifetimes aren’t always easy to determine. Calculating Esau's is impossible. For the first 19 generations, Adam’...
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Was it unusual for a woman (Mary) to sit at Jesus' feet in the account of Luke 10?

Luke 10:39: She [Martha] had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. I understand that sitting at someone's feet in this context can be like a student listening ...
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What is the meaning of Deuteronomy 25:11-12?

We are told in this verse about the case in which a wife who, in helping her husband fend off an attacker, seizes the attacker by the genitals. The verse tells the husband that he must cut off her ...
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Why does Matthew include these women in Jesus' genealogy?

One of the unique features of Jesus genealogy in the book of Matthew is the inclusion of four women, not counting Mary. Matthew 1:3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar ...
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Why does Jesus tell his mother his “hour has not yet come”?

Very early on, John tells a story that is unique to his gospel: On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding ...
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What gender does the pronouns have that denote ruach or pneuma? [closed]

In Hebrew the word for wind/breath/spirit is ruach, which is feminine (like all nouns for body parts). However, some theologians use that as an argument for calling the Holy Spirit "she". Pneuma in ...
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A woman is not to put on a man's dress?

I came across a Christian web page. The subject that caught me was the view on Deut. 22:5 expressed in the page. A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; ...
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Who is inclined to be argumentative?

In 1 Cor 11:16, St. Paul writes: But if anyone is inclined to be argumentative, we do not have such a custom, nor do the churches of God. (1 Cor 11:16 NAB) Is he negating everything he said before ...
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Why was the priestly exam of a woman suspected of adultery not applied to men (Numbers 5:11-31)?

In the book of Numbers, there is a very interesting test for a woman suspected of committing adultery. After some initial discussion, if the woman refuses to admit her sin, or is innocent, the priest ...
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Are women really saved by childbearing according to 1 Timothy 2:15?

In 1 Timothy, Paul says: 1 Timothy 2:15 (ESV) 15  Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. Does the "she" refer to ...
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Brothers *and sisters* in modern translations

In the New Century Version, passages in the New Testament that were addressed to "brothers" are now "brothers and sisters". For example: "Brothers and sisters, in the Scriptures the Holy Spirit ...
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Does the Hebrew in Judges 4:4 explicitly identify Deborah as a woman?

I have no skill at reading Hebrew, so I was using some tool to try and parse the sentence in Judges 4:4. I noticed that the definition given for the second word (אִשָּׁה) is "woman"; but what I'm ...
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What does the prohibition against women speaking in church in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 mean?

In 1st Corinthians 14:34-35 (NASB), Paul says: 34The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. 35If ...
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What was Eve's role in relation to Adam?

The role of Eve in relation to Adam is dramatically changed by the interpretation of the sections I have bolded below, from Genesis 2:18: The verse as most people learned it: And the Lord God said,...