8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “The Biblical World of Gender” (Celina Durgin, Dru Johnson, Editors)

Good day! Here’s some great quotes I would like to share from a book I recently finished, The Biblical World of Gender, a collection of essays by today’s respected Bible scholars, edited by Celina Durgin and Dru Johnson, published by Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. You can get your copy, both physical and digital by following this link.

“In Israel’s world an individual’s legal status did not derive from an abstract universal notion of personhood but rather from an individual’s particular position within the household. As a result, the Bible betrays little if any awareness of individual human rights. Rather, the mutual obligations, duties, and claims that characterize the kinship circle are the focus. In our world, the individual is variously endowed with power and privilege to act in the individual’s self-interest.”— Sandra Richter

“While the world measures human worth according to categories such as ethnicity, sex, slave-status, wealth, and Roman citizenship, Christians don’t see themselves in competition for honor with others, but as sharing in honor with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.” –Nijay K. Gupta

“…gender is not the most salient fact about humans. More salient is the fundamental equality of every person before God, both because sin’s gravity is the harshest leveler of all humanity, and because the biblical authors were so focused on elevating the marginalized and forewarning those with power not to abuse it.” — Celina Durgin and Dru Johnson

“When we read the Hebrew Bible, it is very easy for us to view the biblical world as if it were like our own—with the same accepted standards of social behavior, customs, and attitudes. In actuality, the world of the ancient Israelites was very different from our world today; some might even say they are quite the opposite of each other.” — Cynthia Shafer-Elliot

“The role of women in that space (Jewish synagogues) is multifaceted. First, the evidence leans on the side of women and men sitting together. Second, women in the first century may have been allowed to recite a blessing and read the Torah on the Sabbath. This role later became marginalized and eventually eliminated in certain communities. Third, the references to “heads of synagogues” in the Gospels and Acts and an inscription from the second century CE, naming Rufina as one of these heads, hints at an earlier practice of naming women to this position.”— Jeffrey P. Garcia

“While men and women were not equal in all aspects of community life, they made equally important contributions to household life. Both women and men were “breadwinners.” In fact, women dominated many household activities and men dominated others. This is called gender complementarity.” — Nijay K. Gupta

“The heterarchy model discourages us from over-simplifying or romanticizing the social world of ancient Israel, especially in relation to gender. Rather, heterarchy allows us to see the fluid nature of the household where numerous factors, such as seasonal and life-cycle events, dominate the social structure hierarchy of the household and its members.”–Cynthia Shafer-Elliot

“A holy God who has called a people to be holy must consecrate themselves fully, which includes controlling their passions and respecting other people’s bodies.” –Nijay K. Gupta

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4 thoughts on “8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “The Biblical World of Gender” (Celina Durgin, Dru Johnson, Editors)

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed the book, but seeing as it’s an edited volume with a variety of authors, I would suggest you attribute the individual quotes to the actual authors. Any sort of reproduction should include such documentation. What if someone uses one of the quotes elsewhere? They will not quote correctly unless they have a copy of the book. Please consider updating your post with this crucial information. Thank you!

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