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Influenced by the patriarchy of Roman culture and ancient Greek philosophy, church leaders in the 3rd and 4th centuries began to translate and interpret the Bible with a systematic bias against women. This bias was carried over into the Protestant Reformation, and it continues to influence how the Bible is read and understood today.
This course is designed to help students identify and remove patriarchal bias from Bible translation and commentary. As this bias is removed, it will become clear that far from being the will of God, patriarchy is a human tradition rooted in prejudice. As patriarchal errors are corrected, the original meaning of Bible passages concerning women will be restored.
All of the following Bible passages have been misinterpreted, overlooked or altered in translation so that patriarchy (the rule of men) is wrongly portrayed as “the will of God”:
Genesis chapters 1, 2, 3, 21 and 24
Judges chapters 2, 4, 5, 19 and 20
Isaiah chapter 3
Joel chapter 2
Ezekiel chapter 34
Zechariah chapter 5
Matthew chapters 10, 20, 23 and 28
Luke chapters 13 and 24
John chapter 13
Acts chapters 1, 2, 11, 18, 19 and 28
Romans chapters 1 and 16
1 Corinthians chapters 1, 3, 7, 10, 11 and 14
2 Corinthians chapter 3
Ephesians chapters 3 and 5
Colossians chapter 3
Philippians chapters 1, 2 and 4
1 Timothy chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
2 Timothy chapter 2
Titus chapter 2
Galatians chapters 2, 3 and 5
1 Peter chapters 2 and 3
This course identifies and removes patriarchal bias from Bible translation and commentary, highlighting the meaning of all of these passages in their original languages and contexts.
This course is based on the first 6 chapters of "The Equality Workbook:
Freedom in Christ From the Oppression of Patriarchy," written by Helga
and Bob Edwards.
Bob was a Program Director and Assistant Professor at a fully accredited multi-denominational Bible College. He and his wife Helga have been married since 1988. They recently co-authored "The Equality Workbook: Freedom in Christ from the Oppression of Patriarchy." The first six chapters of the workbook form the basis of this course. Bob and Helga have been
Therapists and Public Speakers since 1996. Both have Bachelor's degrees
in Religious Education and Social Development Studies, as well as
Master's degrees in Social Work. In 2013, they each received the Delta
Epsilon Chi Award for Intellectual Achievement, Christian Character and
Leadership Ability, from the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
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