Women and Gender in the Bible

Dr. Nicholas J. Schaser, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies

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From Eve to Elizabeth, Miriam to Mary, a host of extraordinary women populate the pages of Scripture. This course explores the roles of women and the presentation of gender in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, asking questions from both Jewish and Christian perspectives. Topics include female prophets and judges, women within the early Jesus movement, and gender dynamics in Paul’s letters. The class presents the favorable views on women and gender equality in Scripture, and also tackles the minority of texts in the Pauline corpus that seem to prohibit female leadership. Join us as we explore the biblical narratives of women and offer interpretive approaches for understanding the questions that remain relevant for gender relations today.


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Dr. Nicholas J. Schaser

Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies

In addition to his work with Israel Bible Center as Professor of Hebrew Bible, Dr. Schaser is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Macalester College and the Adjunct Instructor of the New Testament at Bethel Seminary (both in St. Paul, Minnesota). Professor Schaser’s research interests include rabbinic literature and the Jewishness of the New Testament, with particular focus on Midrash and the Gospel of Matthew. Teaching widely in both synagogues and churches, Dr. Schaser strives to promote mutual learning and respect between Jews and Christians.

Dr. Schaser enjoys communicating with participants and asks that those with questions or comments please email him at: nschaser@israelbiblecenter.com.

*Please do not contact Macalester College or Vanderbilt University for correspondence with Dr. Schaser.

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  • 02. Eve and Gender Equality (pt 2) 17:29
  • 03. Eve and the Serpent 11:48
  • 04. Female Leadership in Ancient Israel 10:44
  • 05. Female Leadership in Ancient Israel (pt 2) 11:32
  • 06. Female Leadership in Ancient Israel (pt 3) 06:30
  • 07. The Woman of Valor (Prov 31) 13:10
  • 08. The Women of Luke-Acts 17:53
  • 09. The Testimony of Women in Israel 10:47
  • 10. The Testimony of Women in Israel (pt 2) 10:56
  • 11. Women in Pauline Epistles I 08:50
  • 12. Women in Pauline Epistles I (pt 2) 17:13
  • 13. Women in Pauline Epistles I (pt 3) 12:41
  • 14. Women in Pauline Epistles I (pt 4) 10:27
  • 15. Women in Pauline Epistles II 04:16
  • 16. First Corinthians 14:34-35 27:00
  • 17. First Timothy 2:11-15 17:31
  • 18. Mary and Elizabeth in Luke 11:33
  • 19. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (pt 1) 09:00
  • 20. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (pt 2) 09:27
  • 21. Gender and Interaction in Jewish Tradition 13:38
  • 22. Dialogue with Syro-Phoenician Woman 08:56

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