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Biblical womanhood - the belief that God designed women to be submissive wives, virtuous mothers, and joyful homemakers - pervades North-American Christianity. From choices about careers to roles in local churches to relationship dynamics, this belief shapes the everyday lives of evangelical women. Yet biblical womanhood isn't biblical, says Baylor University historian Beth Allison Barr. It was born in a series of clearly definable historical moments. 

This book moves the conversation about biblical womanhood beyond Greek grammar and into the realm of church history - ancient, medieval, and modern - to show that this belief is not divinely ordained but a product of human civilization that continues to creep into the church. Barr's historical insights provide context for contemporary teachings about women's roles in the church and help move the conversation forward. 

Interweaving her story as a Baptist pastor's wife, Barr sheds light on the #ChurchToo movement and abuse scandals in Southern Baptist circles and the broader evangelical world, helping listeners understand why biblical womanhood is more about human power structures than the message of Christ.

©2021 Beth Allison Barr (P)2021 eChristian

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  • 28-04-2021

A fresh perspective

Incredibly insightful history that we normally do not see presented by Church historians in this day and age. Many of my Evangelical friends would benefit from reading this book and opening up their minds to the call and the giftedness of women that minister in the name of Jesus in the body of Christ.

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  • tammy
  • 23-04-2021

Needed for our time

Excellent explanation of the change in the SBC, evangelical community of why and how the cult of domesticity infiltrated our church. Good presentation, engaging narration.

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  • busymom
  • 22-04-2021

Fantastic thought provoking book

I’m so thankful to have read this book. So many passages written by Paul have troubled me, treatment of women in the church. This book helps me to see that I CAN fully accept the gospel and yet reject man made “biblical womanhood” which has been created by men and yet declared gospel truth.

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  • Leigh-Ann Fenwick
  • 21-04-2021

This book is AMAZING!

I was raised as a strict complementarian, but after studying Scripture for myself, I became an egalitarian. It was so amazing to hear the same thoughts that I have had, given my very limited historical knowledge of the church, and humanity in general, echoed by someone so highly educated in this field. This is the best book that I have read, in any category, to date!

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  • Joshua Idachaba
  • 16-05-2021

The Making of Biblical Womanhood-Review

In “The Making of Biblical Womanhood”, Beth Allison Barr, by weaving personal experience and historical evidence, defines the current state of Biblical Womanhood as being a product of extensive patriarchal cultural influence as much as, if not more than, interpretation of Scripture.

Overall, Barr provides depth and breadth to evidence provided to support this definition, from the descriptions of early Christian women in Pauline texts, such as Junia and Phoebe, to more current accounts, such as those of Kate Bowler and Kristin Kobes Du Mez. From these, I could clearly see that Biblical Womanhood has been shaped by a complex set of influences stemming from sources even predating the early Christian church.

Barr’s personal journey from childhood to present, with all the trials and revelations that she and her family experienced regarding the evangelical church, brought a more personal tone to the book while also affirming her credibility on the subject of Biblical Womanhood.

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  • Erin M Ambrose
  • 13-05-2021

Excellent!

This is a powerful book and needs to be shared. It is not a woman’s book; it is a book for everyone!

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  • rick
  • 11-05-2021

Validation of Suspicion

WOW 🤯 in recent years, I've sensed this was the case! However, at age 27, when I was saved, I was all about trying to become this model of godly woman. I urge men and women to all listen to this book! There are so many eye opening findings and Revelations!

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  • Paul D. Simmons
  • 11-05-2021

Mind-changing and persuasive!

The Orthodox Church of which I am a member has come unfortunately, not struggled with many of the issues our brothers and sisters in the Western church have. But, having been raised in the Baptist church like Dr Barr, I am sadly familiar with the skewed, patriarchal, anti-biblical belief system she criticised. Well worth a listen.

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  • Luis A. Jovel
  • 10-05-2021

History meets exegesis

A good take on the historical side of patriarchy within conservative christianity. It shows the necessity of understanding the historical background of this issue.

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  • Megan Griffith
  • 09-05-2021

Every Christian should read this book.

That’s it. That’s the review. Every Christian should read this book. Not just women, every Christian. Heck, even agnostics who struggle with the ideas of submission.

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