Monday, October 17, 2016
Women: The Very First Christian Preachers
1: Now upon the first day of the week very early in the morning they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared and certain others with them 2: And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb 3: And they entered in and found not the body of the Lord Jesus 4: And it came to pass as they were much perplexed about it behold two men stood by them in shining garments 5: And as they were afraid and bowed down their faces to the earth they said to them Why seek ye the living among the dead 6: He is not here but is risen remember how he spoke to you when he was yet in Galilee 7: Saying The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful anthropos and be crucified and the third day rise again 8: And they remembered his words 9: And returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest 10: It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and other women that were with them which told these things to the apostles 11: And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not
This is an excerpt from the Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary (HHBC)
 Women were the very first believers and preachers of the gospel [good news] of the risen Christ—the very first cornerstones laid by the Almighty in the structure he called his Church—his building made without hands, constructed of living stones. The Church of Jesus Christ has many cornerstones, and in Psalm 144:12, daughters are identified as cornerstones. The Hebrew word translated cornerstone in Psalm 144:12, zaviyth, is derived from another Hebrew word, ziv, meaning bright or prominent. Prominent persons among God’s people are generally considered leaders, and the Hebrew text that underlies the King James Version identifies women as being included among prominent leaders (cornerstones) who contribute to the adding to, nourishing, edifying, and unifying of the living stones which comprise God’s building. The Counsel for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) teaches that the one of the criteria for disqualifying women from leadership is prominence, yet the Bible says women will be prominent and gives many examples of prominent Biblical women. http://www.cbmw.org/Journal/Vol-1-No-2/But-What-Should-Women-Do-In-The-Church [4/15/2010]
In critical and eclectic text Bible translations, a different Hebrew text from that which undergirds the Authorized Version is often used which obliterates the meaning of Psalm 144:12 by changing the word cornerstone to “pillar,” a word which aligns nicely with gender-biased-English-translation-helpmeet-theology and regulates women to strictly support positions within the home and church. But if Jesus’ position of kephale of the corner has to do with the building, nourishing, edifying, and unifying of His Church—which it does—then every cornerstone in the building has the same function. And like the pyramid (the only structure which has a primary angle, known commonly as a capstone), God’s building also has a primary angle. And there can be only one—only one kephale of the corner—and that is Jesus Christ Himself, the Chief Corner Stone.
 After 3 ½ years of Jesus’ example in treating women and men with perfect equality, ex: defending the right of Mary the sister of Martha to sit at his feet and be taught on equal par with the men when Jewish tradition taught fathers that teaching their daughters the scriptures was equal with teaching them abut sex [i.e., teaching them meant having sex with them]; The woman he violated social and cultural norms and traditions by speaking to her—and discussing theology with—at the well; and all the women who followed him in his journey’s (never telling a single one of them to stop following him go home), the apostles still did not understand that Jesus set both women and men free from the burden of the awful curse that set them at enmity with one another, causing men to sinfully desire the complete domination of women and caused women to sinfully follow after the source of that domination rather than her creator who is her only master and head (source of life).
Posted by Jocelyn Andersen
Labels: Androcentric Bible Texts and Translations, Body of Christ, CBMW, Cornerstones, Head, Kephale, The Church, Tradition, Women, Women in Leadership, Women Preachers
Pastor and founder of Hungry Hearts Ministries, Jocelyn Andersen is the author of, Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence, For more information about all her books, visit her author page at amazon.com/author/jocelynandersen