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    If anyone every actually reads the Gospels, they will discover that Jesus taught a clear message of equality between men and women in the coming Kingdom (which, by the way, he meant as a coming kingdom on earth, not in the clouds).

    He taught a very Judaic apocalyptic lesson. In fact, most leading biblical scholars, such as Bart D. Ehrman at Chapel Hill, have concluded in their more recent writings that Jesus insistence on this earthly kingdom in his teachings was felt as a secular threat by Pilot, and that is the real reason he agreed to have Jesus executed. By the way, if you want to really understand the textual sources and historical context of the Bible, walk, do not run, to your nearest library or book vendor, and start reading Ehrman's opus. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I finished his book on the recently discovered Gospel of Judas a few months ago, and it was fascinating.

    In the early church, for the first couple of hundred years after Jesus' death, the belief in the immediacy of the coming kingdom was a very strong element. And women held many positions of power in the early church.

    But then, as time wore on, and Jesus did NOT reappear, the prophecies did not, as Jesus had promised, come to fulfillment in the lifetimes of the generation hearing him when he lived, women began to be pried out of positions of power in the church, as the male patriarch reasserted their privilege and power as the hierarchy of the church took hold and solidified. By the fifth century, in the wake of all the councils to codify the canon of what books were acceptable in the Bible, it was pretty much a done deed, and the freedom of those nagging women had been shoved back in the bottle.

    "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” --Yogi Berra

    by HeartlandLiberal on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 02:45:27 AM PDT

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