Themed Study

Women in the Bible

Women in the Early Church – Discussion Questions

Interpretation Questions:

  1. Why would the author of Acts be sure to name Mary, mother of Jesus in the list in Acts 1 when the rest of the women are unnamed?
  2. From the thin evidence in Acts and Romans 16, can we draw any conclusions about women in the early days of the church?

Application Questions:

  1. Does the image of these women working alongside the men – offering patronage, teaching, and leadership – fit with your understanding of early Christianity?
  2. How should we interpret the Bible when it contradicts itself, such as Paul’s letters vs. the pastoral epistles?
  3. Where would you have been in the earliest days of the Church described by Paul and Acts?
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