Christians for Biblical Equality Releases DVD Series on the Bible and Gender Equality

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On September 1, 2015, Christians for Biblical Equality will release a 5-part DVD series, entitled “Is Gender Equality a Biblical Ideal?”

"Is Gender Equality a Biblical Ideal?"

"Is Gender Equality a Biblical Ideal?"

On September 1, 2015, Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) will release a new DVD series, entitled “Is Gender Equality a Biblical Ideal?” The series draws on the Bible, history, and ethics to present an overview of biblical ethics and its social consequences. Five lectures are accompanied by a 60-page book that outlines the lecture material.

“Is Gender Equality a Biblical Ideal?” had its beginnings in 2013, when World Vision International and CBE partnered to develop a series of webinars to educate World Vision staff on the Bible and gender equality. The training was well-received, according to Fatuma Hashi, World Vision’s director of gender and development, who said, “Our staff had a deep appreciation for the content, with its analysis of Scripture, historical background, and the church’s legacy in promoting women’s equality.”

Within the year, other organizations approached CBE, asking to use these lectures in their own work. In response, CBE began expanding the content for broader distribution, recording the lectures in video form, adding a lecture by Sean Callaghan of Inspired Individuals about cross-cultural advocacy, and creating a companion book to facilitate study and conversation.

“This series will appeal to a variety of audiences,” said CBE's president, Dr. Mimi Haddad, who presents 4 of the 5 lectures. “It is perfect for its original audience, Christian NGOs, but is also well-suited for individual and small group study. And, it offers an accessible introduction to biblical gender equality, while also providing depth, making it a powerful educational resource for anyone, regardless of their familiarity with the Bible, history, and theories of social change. We look forward to seeing this resource equip individuals, church groups, and global relief organizations alike to better advocate for the mutual leadership of women and men.”

The series’s five lectures include:

  • “Old Testament Considerations”
  • “New Testament Considerations”
  • “A Historical Perspective”
  • “Opposing the Curse: Dismantling Patriarchy”
  • “Working Cross Culturally”

“Is Gender Equality a Biblical Ideal?” is available exclusively from CBE Bookstore and goes on sale September 1, 2015.

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

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