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

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Does Leviticus 1 allow for a woman to bring an offering to the LORD and to kill the offering before the LORD?

Leviticus 1:1-5 1The LORD called Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, 2“Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of you brings an offering to the LORD, you ...
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Pronoun implication about Logos in John 1:1-5

Please help track the pronouns and antecedents in John 1:1-5. In the Greek, do the “He” and the “him”’s that refer to the Logos in 1-4 definitively indicate personhood/agency, or could the antecedent ...
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Does John 14:26 explicitly use masculine terms for the Holy Spirit? Do other verses?

The question is: What is the sex/gender of the Holy Spirit per the Biblical pronouns in general and in John 14:26, is it male or neither male nor female? ————— But before answering, please take care ...
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What law says women are not allowed to speak, Roman law, Jewish law, something else?

Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 1 Corinthians 14:34 What law? Please provide a reference.
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Did Paul prohibit a woman from being an elder of a church?

Titus 1: 5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his ...
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In Gen. 3:5 is יֹדְעֵ֖י ט֥וֹב וָרָֽע experiential knowledge rather than intellectual knowledge?

In Gen. 3:5 is יֹדְעֵ֖י ט֥וֹב וָרָֽע (knowing good and evil) experiential knowledge rather than intellectual knowledge? Up to that time Adam and Eve only knew obedience. There was only one tree they ...
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Are only Males (Men) made in the image of God and not Women?

I saw in a comment someone say God created men (human males) in His image, but not women in His image (although He did create women), and He gave men not women dominion. That statement got several ...
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Using Judges 4-5 about Deborah, Barak & Jael to deduce/infer God's view of how women could have very specific roles but Not all roles in the military

Does the story in Judges 4-5 of the Bible about Deborah, Barak & Jael give us some insight as to how God had very specific views when it comes to women's role in the military ( i.e., military ...
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Are men and women equal or not? Galatians 3:26-29 vs 1 Timothy 2:11-15

On the one hand, they appear to be equal: 26 For you are all sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with ...
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Will everyone be gender-neutral in Heaven, and if so, does that mean that sex was designed to be a temporary thing?

Mark 12:25 (NASB): 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. Does the verse above imply that those who attain eternal ...
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Does the use of δέ (de, "but, and, now") in 1 Corinthians 14:35 preclude it being a mere restatement of verse 34?

Some interpretations I've heard of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 argue that because verse 35 is merely restating what is said in verse 34, and since verse 35 discusses women asking questions, therefore verse ...
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What is the context 1 Timothy 2?

Based on the text, what is the context of 1 Timothy 2? Some say it's the home/family, others say it's the church, and yet others say it's "everywhere" (cf. v. 8). Knowing the answer would ...
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explain the meaning of the "menstrual cloth" in Isaiah 30:22

What is the meaning of Isaiah 30:22 from the Hebrew? Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say ...
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In Ex 40:12 is "sons" (heb. בָּנָ֔יו) exclusively masculine? If so, why?

Can the Hebrew בָּנָ֔יו In Ex 40:12 be translated as "children"--which includes males and females? For example, In the KJV בָּנָ֔יו is found 238 times and yet often it is translated as "...
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Isaiah 5:14 - Sheol/Hell personified as a woman?

In some English translations of Isaiah 5:14, Sheol/Hell is personified as a woman. Versions include: The King James Version: Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure.....
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(Song of Songs 2:7) Hebrew Question about Gender of Subject and Object

I am having some challenges interpreting Song of Songs 2:7 in terms of verb-subject-object gender matching. The verse reads (KJV): I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the ...
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When the woman was caught in adultery in John 8 vs 3, why is the man not mentioned?

In John 8 vs 3, a woman was made to stand before Jesus after being caught in an act of adultery but there is no mention of the man. Why is that?
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(Isaiah 51:9) Feminine God in Exile

I previously asked and got great responses to an exploration of pronouns in psalm 139. There was a fascinating technical resolution to that one. This question is related but significantly different. ...
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(Psalm 139:18) Feminine God?

Psalm 139:17-18 (KJV), "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with ...
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Hair Like Women's Hair - Revelation 9:8

Revelation 9:8 (ESV) 8 their hair like women’s hair, and their teeth like lions’ teeth What is hair like women's hair? Is it in relation to length, something akin to Paul's argument from 1 ...
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"...no male and female": Galatians 3:28

What if Paul's inscribed audience, "brothers" (Gal. 3:15 and 4:12), is taken in its literal sense: not "brothers and sisters", but rather, males assigned male at birth? Thus: "There can be neither ...
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Did corporal punishment also apply to women?

In Deuteronomy 25:2-3, it states that a guilty person (usually referred to as he) will be whipped. Deut 25:2-3 (NIV): If the guilty person deserves to be beaten, the judge shall make them lie down ...
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Are the commandments concerning covering & uncovering the head for public assemblies only or in private as well? (1 Corinthians Chapter 11)

Are the commandments concerning covering & uncovering the head for public assemblies only or in private as well? I have read commentaries on these verses and most agree that these commandments ...
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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' - one woman or all women?

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 the ...
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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 ...
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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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How do you reconcile I Tim 2 saying that a woman is not to teach a man and the account of Priscilla and Aquila teaching Apollos who was a man?

How do you reconcile 1 Tim 2 which says that a woman is not to teach a man and Acts 18:24-28 which is account of Priscilla and Aquila teaching a man, Apollos?
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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’...