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Bible Q

What does Titus 2 say about a woman’s role today?

According to Paul in Titus 2 older women are not to tell malicious stories, nor drink too much alcohol. They are to be reverent in behaviour, and to teach what is good. Although older women are specifically mentioned I don’t think anyone imagines that it is ok for people other than older women to do […]

Who is Phoebe? What role did she play in the Bible?

Phoebe is mentioned in only one place in the Bible: I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron […]

Can women be ordain as pastors?

We see in Scripture the very prominent role that women played.  Looking at the New Testament, we see women providing for Jesus out of their means, going out to deal with Jesus’ body after his crucifixion, labouring in the work of the gospel, helping with the teaching of the gospel, serving in the church and […]

What happened to the other young maidens who (1) went into the king before Esther and who (2) did not go into the King because he chose Esther before they were called, or went into the King after Esther did?

The simple answer is that we do not know what happened to these women because we are not told. However, kings in the ancient near east were rarely monogamous and had a harem of women (cf. Esther 2:3 ESV). Even after the King chose a wife, it is probable that he kept a harem of […]

What women did Jesus know personally?

Apart from his mother and at least three sisters (Matthew 13:56), I can think of the following: Peter’s wife (Mark 1:30; 1 Cor 9:5); Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:30); Mary of Bethany (Luke 10:38-42; John 12:1-3; Matthew 21:17; Mark 11:11); Martha of Bethany (Luke 10:38-42; John 12:1-3; Matthew 21:17; Mark 11:11); Joanna, wife of Cuza (Luke 8:3; […]

Where in the Old or New Testament does it forbid or warn a married man not to be in the company of other women?

When you speak of a married man being in the company of other women, I am assuming you mean romantic interest is involved. The Bible is very explicit — extra marital interest is totally unacceptable to God.  A small selection of passages from the Old and New Testament addressing these issues: Proverbs 2:16-19: So you will […]

How many female prophets are in the Bible?

Several women are described as prophetesses. In the Old Testament we have the following five: Miriam (Exodus 15:20-21) Deborah (Judges 4:4) Huldah (2 Kings 22:14) Noadiah (Nehemiah 6:14) Isaiah’s wife (Isaiah 8:3) The Jewish Talmud counts some additional women as prophets including Sarah, Hannah (mother of Samuel), Abigail (wife of David) and Esther. However, these are […]

Is it wrong for women to teach about the Bible?

No. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Joel 2 v 28 On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered […]