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Women and Worship in Paul’s Churches: Apostles, Prophets, and Teachers

By Lucy Peppiatt

There is now a growing wealth of literature on women in the early church from a number of different perspectives. Whether the writer largely focuses on the linguistic and textual evidence, historical background, socio-political factors, theological perspective, narrative and story, or even tries to take all these factors into account, the deciphering of Paul’s view of women and their place in the church in his own time proves to be a complex process. Extrapolating these discoveries and attempting to apply them to the contemporary church simply adds layers of complexity. See complete essay

The Exodus: History Recaptured

By Richard Elliott Friedman

It is a fabulous story, one of the best we have. A kingdom overpowers a community of aliens in their country. The kingdom enslaves the aliens, and they kill their male children. But one baby survives, a princess takes him in as her own, and he grows up in royalty. As an adult, he kills a man who is assaulting one of his people, and when his manslaughter becomes known he flees to another land. See complete essay

The Challenge to Diachronic Method From Empirical Models of Ancient Writing

By Joshua Berman

The last decade has witnessed a development in the practice of the historical critical paradigm in biblical studies. For the better part of two-hundred years, the textual growth of the Hebrew scriptures was predicated on the examination of internal clues, such as discontinuities and irregularities within the texts themselves. Scholars saw these literary phenomena as signs of diachronic growth and adduced hypotheses to explain how the text came to the final state in which it is received today. See complete essay

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