Is the Bible Good for Women?: Seeking Clarity and


Is the Bible Good for Women?: Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture [PDF / Epub] ✅ Is the Bible Good for Women?: Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture By Wendy Alsup – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Is it possible to embrace the inherent dignity of womanhood while still cherishing the Bible Many people, both inside and outside the church, are concerned that an orthodox understanding of the Bible Is it possible to embrace Bible Good ePUB ↠ the inherent dignity of womanhood while still cherishing the Bible Many people, both inside and outside the church, are concerned that an orthodox understanding of the Bible is threatening and even harmful to women After all, Is the ePUB ´ the Bible has a number of passages regarding women that are deeply troubling and hard to read But is that assessment accurate In this fascinating look at God s work of redemption from Creation to today, Wendy Alsup explores questions such as the Bible Good PDF Í How does God view justice and equal rights for women What does it mean to be made in the image of God How have the centuries distorted our interpretation of how God views women How did Jesus approach the Old Testament and how does that help us read difficult passages today What is the difference between a modern view of feminism and the feminism that Scripture models How does the Bible explain the Bible to us Using a Jesus centered understanding to look at both God s grand storyline and specific biblical passages, Alsup gives practical and accessible tools for understanding the noble ways God speaks to and about women in its pages and the dignity He places on His daughters.

    Is the Bible Good for Women?: Seeking Clarity and how does that help us read difficult passages today What is the difference between a modern view of feminism and the feminism that Scripture models How does the Bible explain the Bible to us Using a Jesus centered understanding to look at both God s grand storyline and specific biblical passages, Alsup gives practical and accessible tools for understanding the noble ways God speaks to and about women in its pages and the dignity He places on His daughters."/>
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  • 224 pages
  • Is the Bible Good for Women?: Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture
  • Wendy Alsup
  • 05 October 2017
  • 1601429002

About the Author: Wendy Alsup

Wendy Horger Alsup MEd, Clemson Bible Good ePUB ↠ University enjoys teaching theology to women and is the author of Practical Theology for Women, The Gospel Centered Woman, and By His Wounds You are Healed Alsup writes from her family farm and teaches math at Is the ePUB ´ the local community college.



10 thoughts on “Is the Bible Good for Women?: Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture

  1. Olivia Ard Olivia Ard says:

    I consider myself both a feminist and a devout believer in the Christian faith However, my lack of understanding of certain theological concepts and the cultural linguistic context of many parts of the Bible, including concerning passages about women, have often left me feeling, for lack of a better term, squicky Throwing in the centuries of men s misuse of Scripture to oppress and abuse makes things evencomplicated This book was a godsend for me Alsup writes in a clear and concise w I consider myself both a feminist and a devout believer in the Christian faith However, my lack of understanding of certain theological concepts and the cultural linguistic context of many parts of the Bible, including concerning passages about women, have often left me feeling, for lack of a better term, squicky Throwing in the centuries of men s misuse of Scripture to oppress and abuse makes things evencomplicated This book was a godsend for me Alsup writes in a clear and concise way that is accessible to the seasoned believer and the areligious skeptic alike Her arguments are well organized and supported, and helped me resolve several points of tension I ve felt between Scripture and the loving, just God I know I serve While Is the Bible Good for Women is not an exhaustive work, it is a wonderful resource for those who, like myself, have often found themselves conflicted over this issue I recommend to everyone, Christian or not, who regards the Bible with suspicion when it comes to gender issues I especially recommend to those who were reared in traditions that used Scripture out of context to subjugate, demean, or oppress women, as Alsup does a wonderful job of discrediting those who have distorted God s word

  2. Jen Jen says:

    I agreed with some of what she said, disagreed with other parts, but it all made me think I already believe that the Bible is good for everyone, so I didn t read this book to become convinced Which is a good thing, because I don t think it would have if I was skeptical about it It s not bad, but I didn t follow some of her thought patterns and ideas Not a negative to her, we are different people, so are bound to see things slightly differently Our spiritual journeys are also different, so w I agreed with some of what she said, disagreed with other parts, but it all made me think I already believe that the Bible is good for everyone, so I didn t read this book to become convinced Which is a good thing, because I don t think it would have if I was skeptical about it It s not bad, but I didn t follow some of her thought patterns and ideas Not a negative to her, we are different people, so are bound to see things slightly differently Our spiritual journeys are also different, so we are probably not in the same place theologically, which is fine I respect the fact that she wrote a book, that she wrote it about a rather hot button issue and did so without being anti man Kudos to her Though I think she awkwardly tap danced around the elephant in the room by only discussing male female husband wife relationships Granted, that was the focus of the book, but by not mentioning anything about that elephant, it was jarring and obvious and I think her way of using the Bible to explain the Bible would have been a really interesting look at that topic Maybe in a future book I would definitely read it So solid read I have a lot to think about and chew over, which is a good thing 3.5 stars, rounded down to a strong, solid 3 stars My thanks to NetGalley and WaterBrook Multnomah for an eARC copy of this book to read and review

  3. Abby Abby says:

    Wendy Alsup s Is the Bible Good For Women is a unique and necessary anchor for those steering through the current of theological discussions about women and the Bible This book is distinct fromprogressive teaching because of an unabashed devotion to the truth and sufficiency of Holy Scripture, but it is set apart from the majority of conservative teaching because of how graciously and honestly she confronts the dilemmas therein The Bible does not give us problems, Alsup writes, tha Wendy Alsup s Is the Bible Good For Women is a unique and necessary anchor for those steering through the current of theological discussions about women and the Bible This book is distinct fromprogressive teaching because of an unabashed devotion to the truth and sufficiency of Holy Scripture, but it is set apart from the majority of conservative teaching because of how graciously and honestly she confronts the dilemmas therein The Bible does not give us problems, Alsup writes, that it does not also teach us to solve Those problems find their answer in the person of Jesus Christ, who Alsup describes as a scarlet cord tying scripture into glorious unity Whether under the label complementarian or not, most theologically conservative writings about women in the Bible and gender roles in church, family, or community do not adequately wrestle with the harder passages of scripture or welcome readers with unresolved questions Ten chapters of this book can t deal with every single passage either, but Alsup lays a firm foundation of God s character and the reliability of scripture and builds upon it with strength and nuance, equipping readers to study all the Bible with fearless expectation Yet Is the Bible Good For Women is not just for a theologian it is for a skeptic as well Alsup shows us that the relationship between faith and femininity are not found in studying cultural s, family structures, or word searching women in a Bible concordance Even the cover lacks the current culturally defined girlish imagery, because this is not a question answered by chalkboard calligraphy, floral watercolors, or steaming mugs of coffee it s answered in studying scripture and seeing the Savior on every page From biblical stories of horror Dinah s rape in Genesis 34 the dismembered concubine in Judges 19 , Alsup shows God s faithfulness to avenge those who abuse women From difficult portions of the Law including capital punishment for adultery in Deuteronomy 22 , Alsup points to the perfect fulfillment Jesus made to protect women where the Law was insufficient particularly in John 8 From confusing and seemingly oppressive passages in New Testament epistles women forbidden to teach in 1 Timothy 2 discussions of head covering in 1 Corinthians 11 wives subject to husbands in Ephesians 5 , Alsup celebrates the God who gifted each woman to effectively serve in her church community, who hates slavery and sexual objectification, and who laid down his life and all earthly power for the sake of his bride In all this, Alsup exalts the God who put his image in every human being at creation, called us good then, and has given us his Word and Himself only for our good ever since

  4. Joan Joan says:

    I had high hopes for Alsup s book As a woman I had been told I should not be teaching adult Sunday School classes because there were men present I saw families leave my church when I was elected as a deacon So I had high hopes.My high hopes continued as Alsup pursued the theme of Jesus restoring all that was lost in the Fall I liked her exploration of God s original perfect purpose for women, working side by side with men in harmony, image bearers of God I was excited by her assuring me tha I had high hopes for Alsup s book As a woman I had been told I should not be teaching adult Sunday School classes because there were men present I saw families leave my church when I was elected as a deacon So I had high hopes.My high hopes continued as Alsup pursued the theme of Jesus restoring all that was lost in the Fall I liked her exploration of God s original perfect purpose for women, working side by side with men in harmony, image bearers of God I was excited by her assuring me that I have hope in Christ for repossessing all that was lost in the Fall.Much of Alsup s book deals with the Old Testament When I got to the New Testament part of her book, my high hopes began to deflate She encouraged me to take the long view of not merely the present but heaven too She reminded me that the good for women was really the lose your life to find it kind of good I knew then that women repossessing all that was lost in the Fall would be postponed and was not something for this life.Alsup concludes from her investigation of difficult for women passages in the New Testament that women can serve, such as being a deacon, but not lead, such as being an elder Galatians 3 28 indicates equality of men and women as joint heirs of the promises of God but does not apply to roles and responsibilities in the Christian community Women are not to lead worship nor make spiritual decisions for the church nor preach, I would think.I feel that Alsup gave me false hope by leading to believe that what was lost in the Fall has been redeemed and restored by Christ Perhaps in heaven men and women will walk and work side by side but not now We as Christians are encouraged to defend the right of a woman to vote or be the CEO of a corporation, we are not to allow her to have a decisive position on a church board.Alsup admits in the book that she would not answer all the questions regarding woman and the Bible and she has not This is not a definitive work by any means I think there are other books addressing the issues that are much better, on both the egalitarian and complimentarian sides There are discussion questions included so this book could be used in a discussion group I received a complimentary galley of this book from the publisher My comments are an independent and honest review

  5. Erin Henry Erin Henry says:

    I really appreciated this book First off because I got an advanced reading copy which was so fun For background the author comes from the reformed Protestant faith She grew up infundamentalist circles and saw Scripture used to limit and oppress women She firmly believes that Scripture interprets Scripture and decided to search the Bible herself to determine if God and the Bible are good for women She addresses a lot of hard passages in the OT that most scholars ignore And she goes t I really appreciated this book First off because I got an advanced reading copy which was so fun For background the author comes from the reformed Protestant faith She grew up infundamentalist circles and saw Scripture used to limit and oppress women She firmly believes that Scripture interprets Scripture and decided to search the Bible herself to determine if God and the Bible are good for women She addresses a lot of hard passages in the OT that most scholars ignore And she goes through most of the passages in the NT that refer to women Her ability to look at the entire arc of Scripture and using that to interpret individual verses is impressive and refreshing My one caveat is her critique of using culture to help interpret the Bible I do think the culture of the time explains a lot about Scripture to us and the Jewish faith obviously informs a lot of ours and should also be included and studied The author uses culture many times in her explanation of verses such as OT laws regarding captives of war and NT teaching to people who worshiped Artemis So her insistence that we can understand all of Scripture using only other Scripture seems a bit much to me Her final interpretation is that women cannot be elders overseers She lays out a much stronger case than most though as with most complementarian writing the limits on women seem to be up for discussion That word doesn t mean much since you always have to ask the person to define it to understand what limits expectations it contains for them Despite my disagreements on a few points, I think this would be a very helpful book for any woman who has felt hurt or made less than by teaching from Scripture I wish I had had it about 4 years ago But I m glad it is out now for other readers

  6. Morgan Morgan says:

    3.5 Personally, I agree with Alsup s theology and interpretation of sculpture and appreciated her sound exposition of some challenging passages Serving in women s ministry and leading and teaching the Bible, I was optimistic that this book could be a great book study to do with a group of women And I loved Alsup s teaching on our restored image and think that s powerful for women to hear But for some reason this book just never really flowed for me Found myself skimming and trying to get so 3.5 Personally, I agree with Alsup s theology and interpretation of sculpture and appreciated her sound exposition of some challenging passages Serving in women s ministry and leading and teaching the Bible, I was optimistic that this book could be a great book study to do with a group of women And I loved Alsup s teaching on our restored image and think that s powerful for women to hear But for some reason this book just never really flowed for me Found myself skimming and trying to get somewhere, though I wasn t sure where..that until I arrived at chapter 8, Are Paul s and Peter s Instructions Good for Women I realized this was the meat I was hoping for because these are the passages that are often challenging to me I loved how Alsup let scripture interpret scripture and pointed to Old Testament characters and passages as well as Paul s female contemporaries to shed light on challenging passages And bringing in some cultural context was helpful as well I guess the reason this wasn t 4 or 5 stars for me is that it took 150 pages to get to the meat of the book But I do appreciate Alsup s efforts to establish a healthy and biblical interpretation of scripturethat we must grasp the metanarrative and allow scripture to interpret scripture and not cherry pick passages because cherry picking will lead to error and misinterpretation But i think some of this could have been condensed andtime spent on specific passages Just my opinion

  7. Wanjiru Thoithi Wanjiru Thoithi says:

    I found this book a little difficult to read Perhaps I was looking for quick answers I think it needs to be read at leastthan once Wendy excels at teaching one how to figure out for onself whether the Bible is good for women She substantiates her claim the truth that the Bible is good for women by slowly weaving through the Bible and its story of redemption herein lies the problem.The pace can sometimes feel a bit off What she sets out to discuss, she does so through repetition of I found this book a little difficult to read Perhaps I was looking for quick answers I think it needs to be read at leastthan once Wendy excels at teaching one how to figure out for onself whether the Bible is good for women She substantiates her claim the truth that the Bible is good for women by slowly weaving through the Bible and its story of redemption herein lies the problem.The pace can sometimes feel a bit off What she sets out to discuss, she does so through repetition of previously established principles and long winded illustrations which last too long before one is able to make a connection The good thing, however, is that she always delivers in the end of each chapter.As for the coverage on the typical concerns people may have regarding the Bible and what it says about women, Wendy touches on a wide range of issues If anything is left undiscussed, I think it is fair to say that she teaches the principles which would aid one in coming to one s own conclusions Overall a good book I pray forunderstanding as I read this book again

  8. Deon Deon says:

    This was a great book Challenging and thought provokingWhat do you do with the women in the Bible such as Tamar, Dinah the daughter of Jephthah What about head coverings women being silent in church The author does a great job working through each of these stories and answer some why questions Rather than telling you her answer, she says the Bible is the best commentary on itself and does a nice job guiding you through the Bible This book would make a great book for a women small gro This was a great book Challenging and thought provokingWhat do you do with the women in the Bible such as Tamar, Dinah the daughter of Jephthah What about head coverings women being silent in church The author does a great job working through each of these stories and answer some why questions Rather than telling you her answer, she says the Bible is the best commentary on itself and does a nice job guiding you through the Bible This book would make a great book for a women small group There are good discussion question for each chapter in the back of the book This is an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley, I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review No review, positive or otherwise, was required all opinions are my own

  9. Sheila Sheila says:

    If we believe the Bible is the unquestionable word of God, we probably have to also believe it s good for everyone If we believe the Bible s just an interesting old book, we ll apply its rules to the present day with muchcaution and doubt But readers who find themselves in between these stances, particular women, might be drawn to read this book in search of hope and recognition.Wendy Alsup offers lots of intriguing answers to those questions or Bible stories so often presented to hold w If we believe the Bible is the unquestionable word of God, we probably have to also believe it s good for everyone If we believe the Bible s just an interesting old book, we ll apply its rules to the present day with muchcaution and doubt But readers who find themselves in between these stances, particular women, might be drawn to read this book in search of hope and recognition.Wendy Alsup offers lots of intriguing answers to those questions or Bible stories so often presented to hold women down In Is The Bible Good For Women she reminds her readers why interpretation can t be treated the same way as truth Meanwhile she offers honest insights into a Bible that s not a textbook or a collection of stories with easy applications Old Testament tales of wounded women are presented in historical context, revealing surprisingly good consequences for women What looks from the outside like restriction becomes protection when viewed through a historical lens And the misuse of those same protections today is man s mistake, not God s.I enjoyed the author s Christ centered, whole story approach to the Old Testament, and was fascinated by her explanation of the difference between wisdom and law New Testament applications, however, are strongly guided by the author s own experience Thankfully, she does remind us of this, and explains her interpretation is never meant as a blueprint for all But for some, the uneven avoidance of outside interpretations might result in a New Testament wisdom that sounds too close to law Readers who enjoyed the earlier parts of the book might justifiably be disappointed as the reading continues For myself, I d rather believe women can becomefree I prefer a different interpretation from the author s, and I choose to let New Testament culture advise my understanding of the New Testament, as Old Testament culture does my view of the Old That said, I really enjoyed Wendy Alsup s book The questions included at the end would make it an excellent resource for a women s study group, and the emphasis on Christ makes it a good Christian resource as well.Disclosure Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review

  10. Heather Heather says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Despite the two star rating, I really appreciated many of the thoughts in this book It helps provide some context for potentially troubling passages in the Bible and focuses on providing readers with the tools to examine similar passages as they move forward in their personal studies Strengths Alsup acknowledges the existence of intersex people in the introduction, which I have never seen a Christian author do before I mean, she could have done , but she did do something Several traditi Despite the two star rating, I really appreciated many of the thoughts in this book It helps provide some context for potentially troubling passages in the Bible and focuses on providing readers with the tools to examine similar passages as they move forward in their personal studies Strengths Alsup acknowledges the existence of intersex people in the introduction, which I have never seen a Christian author do before I mean, she could have done , but she did do something Several traditional gender roles and expectations face scrutiny This includes the ideas that insist that women must marry and have children to have a fulfilling and meaningful life She suggests that relationships between men and women are not necessarily sexual and erotic, and that the God created alliance between different genders can be powerful in other ways And she discusses ways that women are empowered in their churches buton that later.I really loved her discussion of how ezer, or helping, can be a God like characteristic in women It can be easy to dismiss the helper aspect along with stereotypes of submissiveness and a lack of agency, but I was intrigued and impressed by this assertive, righteous helping that is about serving, defending, and protecting others Again, this book is meant to teach a thinking process when one arrives at problematic verses So that was good Overall, Alsup seemed like a balanced writer She acknowledged other points of view and was respectful and thoughtful in thinking about how different people or groups might approach the same issue That thoughtfulness allows this book to open discussion topeople I have a few , but tw for sexual assault in Chapter 6 view spoiler I m glad that Chapter 6, Is the Law Good for Women had a trigger warning at the beginning The chapter dealt with some problematic laws, like that which says that women must marry their rapists It was definitely tough material, but a worthy discussion But there was still a graceful respect for women who do not wish to read those discussions.I also didn t sense victim blaming sentiments in the writing While there s certainly responsibility condemnation for those people who choose to cheat on their spouses and break their promises, there isn t an angle that suggests well, actually these women weren t raped at all or these women deserved wanted it The focus on the ensured dignity and protection of the woman in the community helps ensure that victims of assault or abuse are never guilty or responsible for the hurt done to them I don t think that the discussion leads to anywhere wholly comforting, but it s valuable for those who are up for it hide spoiler Also, I really liked when she suggested that biblical masculinity requires humility and a willingness for correction Masculinity doesn t get a lot of screen time in this book, so I m glad that it didn t stand for toxic masculinity while it was there.Troubles and Where I Wanted More I wanted to seediscussion of earthly justice I think it s important that both Chapter 5 and 6 are present in the book, because Chapter 6 hasconcrete ways of thinking about women s justice issues than Chapter 5 However, Chapter 5, Is It Going to Get Better basically says, Yes, in Heaven, which does not appeal to me at all Some of this history is wrong Not an excessive amount, but suggesting that Christopher Columbus first theorized that the world is round does not fly with me There were a few other things, as well The implied white audience is strong with this one There were just a few off things I d definitely love to hear what other people affected groups would think Name dropping slavery and racism in America felt incomplete and not well thought out She also brings up the barbaric practice of exiling menstruating daughters in Nepal I ain t saying that s right but acting like Nepal and Bible Times are the only two sources stigmatizing menstruation is at the very least patronizing, if not problematically wrong This certainly wouldn t bother all readers and certainly not all Christians , but Alsup reiterated time and time again that there are only two genders, and they strongly correlate with one s chromosomal makeup BUT THERE WERE SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR HER TO CHALLENGE THE GENDER BINARY This quote in particular stuck out to me Ghostlike, delicate, even fleeting at times, we are fluid representations of our Creator We are not concrete icons If people are fluid representations of God just like pretty much everything else out there , why wouldn t gender be the same She even acknowledges that gender isn t a black and white issue when she discusses that there are three persons of the trinity but only two genders There is nothing that outright attacks gender nonconforming folks, but I ended up feeling almost like she tried too hard to enforce a binary when it clearly isn t there Beyond that, I was also irked by the total attachment to he him his pronouns to describe God Even if there was a gender binary, God would not fit into it I don t know how useful a gender neutral or alternating masculine feminine pronoun would be to answering the question Is the Bible Good for Women but I m certain it would have been a testament to God s god ness, if nothing else Referring to God with he him his pronouns was also annoying because, as much as the book implied that God designed women with an equal dignity to men, it also implies that men are first, or raised up, orempowered, and for good reason Coding God as a man when men are implied to be slightly superior ended up causing me to dissociate from God, which I did not like And, as a final caveat, I was bothered by some things because of my beliefs and background that many other Christians would not be bothered by at all Alsup supported a position that women should have limited authority in the church Wouldn t bother all readers, but it bothered me Likewise, she defends anti choice attitudes, especially on the abortion front And I really do mean anti choice Telling women that it is noble and good to sacrifice their rights and independence for the good of the community i.e the baby and its father is not what I am here for at all TL DR In the end, I agree with Alsup that God was the first feminist, but I think her definition of feminism lacks the nuance that would distinguish between equality and liberation This book helped me clarify some views on many biblical readings that bothered me I m glad I read it I think many others would benefit from reading it as well Nonetheless, this book wasn t quite for me

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