Women and the Bible4:30 AM
I also love women. I know so many strong women, women I'm proud to befriend and encourage and be encouraged by. Their inner beauty, intelligence, servant attitude, humor and passion inspire me.
My dream job? Expositing the Bible to women in a way that's practical and deeply theological at the same time. I think women deal with so many theological questions practically -- mothers witness original sin firsthand, women react to this world's injustices, girls feel the sting of trying to gain approval (God's and man's). Instead of offering them solid meat, we stick to fluff -- trivial references to chocolate, coffee and big girl panties; "Biblical" fashion advice; overboard emphasis on the importance of crocheting. Many women drown their deep questions in what's fashionably "Biblically woman" at the time, thinking it will satisfy.
It doesn't. I know.
So we're left asking the question: According to the Bible, who am I? (And that's why all roads run back to the complementarian vs. egalitarian argument.)
Hermeneutics (the study of how to study) is crucial because many passages particularly referencing women are downright confusing. Women will be saved in childbearing? Women must wear a head covering but their hair is their head covering but it isn't? Women can prophesy and speak in tongues but must remain silent in the assembly?
So I thought it would be fun -- and perhaps beneficial to you, dear readers -- if we discuss those passages pertaining "women's issues" that have confused us. Leave a comment and share your question/problem passage. If I have any brilliant breakthrough in my studies, I'll write something up and we can discuss it. If you have any brilliant breakthroughs, don't hesitate to share them!
Happy Hermeneutics, ladies!