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The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth

The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth

"A powerful work of skillful research and personal insight."-- Publishers Weekly

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 arose from 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 readers understand why biblical womanhood is more about human power structures than the message of Christ.

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Acerca de Beth Allison Barr

Beth Allison Barr is Assistant Professor of European Women's History, Baylor University. Her research interests focus on sermon literature in England, 1350-1750, and she is the author of The Pastoral Care of Women in Late Medieval England. She lives in Waco, Texas.

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  • Dorothy Greco

    This is a searing indictment of the church as it pertains to how religious leaders have misused Scripture to subordinate women. Barr's historical expertise coupled with the many examples of women who ...

  • Josh Olds

    The Making of Biblical Womanhood will kill Christian evangelical patriarchy, if we let it. Unfortunately, the very premise of Beth Allison Barr’s incisive work is that we won’t—or, at least, we ...

  • Joel Sam

    Beth Allison Barr masterfully synthesizes the stories of women throughout church history to show how the Evangelical idea of "Biblical Womanhood" was born. She mainly focuses on three time periods: th...

  • Megan (Glitter and Plato)

    Patriarchy and the subjugation of women have become part and parcel of evangelical Christianity in America. Beth Allison Barr analyzes this close relationship through an historical and theological con...

  • Persis

    There are quite a number of topics that Christians disagree about, but one that generates far more heat than light is the subject of "biblical womanhood." Lines in the sand have been drawn, and people...

  • Nicole

    Writers read. We read for pleasure, for learning, and to understand the world. We read new ideas, old ideas, innovative ideas. We read to understand ourselves and others. We read to unplug from our ow...

  • Ashley Lewis

    I really enjoyed this much needed examination of church history exploring how the idea of biblical womanhood is a modern concept, one that reflects culture way more than it reflects tradition, orthodo...

  • Camden Morgante

    A compelling read with a message I thoroughly endorse. After reading this, I am convinced that complementarianism is patriarchy and I can no longer make distinctions between the two.Barr's main premis...

  • Drake Osborn

    Barr argues that an understanding of men and women having differing roles in church or home is not biblical at all, but a historical construct borne out of a continual shape shifting of and defense of...

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