Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) May 30, 2016
Throughout history, women’s voices have been routinely eclipsed by those of men. The Bible is no exception; the approximately 14,000 words spoken by women comprise only 1.2% of the Bible’s text, according to Lindsay Hardin Freeman, an Episcopal priest and author of Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter.
Freeman’s book is an examination and celebration of the words of women in Scripture. “I see women’s voices like pearls,” says Freeman. “We don’t value pearls less or dismiss them because they’re rare. Rather, we treasure them, we scoop them up, we love them, we study them, we honor them.”
Intending to do just that, Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE), which advocates for the full equality of women and men in church and family life, invited to speak about her research at a Saint Paul, MN event where she delivered a lecture, “Women in the Bible: Warriors, Counselors, Diplomats, and Peace-makers” based on her findings.
CBE has made Freeman’s lecture available to the public, at no cost. “We are thrilled to offer this valuable resource to Christians worldwide,” said CBE’s president, Dr. Mimi Haddad. “Unfortunately, the words, wisdom, initiative, and example of biblical women have been minimized or ignored throughout church history. Too many girls grow up in the church with no knowledge of the godly, stereotype-shattering female role models beaming on the pages throughout the Bible. And too many boys grow up not realizing that God has always used women to lead his people—both men and women. One of the crucial tasks of advocating for biblical gender equality is highlighting these examples, until names like Deborah, Huldah, Rahab, Junia, Priscilla, Phoebe, and many more stand alongside male heroes of the faith in Christian minds, sermons, songs, and books.”
Freeman’s lecture can be found on CBE’s YouTube channel, along with other videos promoting the equal status and mutual leadership of women and men in Christian churches, families, and communities.
In its effort to advance a biblical foundation for gift-based rather than gender-based ministry and service, CBE sponsors annual conferences, facilitates local chapters, hosts an online bookstore, and publishes two award-winning journals. For more information, visit http://www.cbeinternational.org.