What the Bible Really Says About Women

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In these pages Rev. Tony Lang challenges and disproves the beliefs, widely held by various denominations and individuals that women were made by God to be subordinate to men, thus denying them leadership in the church and elsewhere.

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What the Bible Really Says About Women challenges and disproves the belief, widely held by various denominations and individuals that women were made by God to be subordinate to men, and are thus denied leadership roles within the church and elsewhere.

From Genesis to the Pauline letters, to the early church and to present day, the evidence is conclusive: both men and women were created equal by God and women and men are called by God to hold leadership positions in the work of the Gospel.

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5 reviews for What the Bible Really Says About Women

  1. Bill Lang

    From Dr Antoinette Collins
    Here is a book that focuses on a challenging topic both in the religious and secular spheres. Tony Lang’s publication succeeds admirably thanks to his impressive research while simultaneously maintaining a very readable and down to earth style. This book will appeal to scholars and students of the bible as well as mainstream readers. Women in particular will enjoy, take comfort from and be pleasantly surprised by the author’s discoveries, insights and interpretations of the many biblical texts that, though often overlooked, include women. I would highly recommend this book to many readers. Those who are interested in the bible and those who are not will enjoy and be enriched by this competent and thoughtfully written book.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ian Stewart

    From Rev Dr Ian Stewart BA BD M.Litt D Min
    Recently, I had the pleasure of reading Tony Lang’s self-published book What The Bible Really Says About Women. He has dedicated the content of the book to all women, especially those who feel they are victims of gender discrimination at the hands of Christians who assert that women should not adopt leadership roles in Christian circles. Lang’s main argument is that, through His scriptural revelation, God offers women the same eternal life He offers men and requires of women the same commitment and obedience He asks of men.

    Tony Lang has founded his arguments on all of God’s written revelation. He has avoided the weaknesses of some others who subordinate the place of women in God’s scheme of things – weaknesses resulting mainly from text-picking. Lang’s interpretation of what God has inspired biblical authors to write shows that any Bible reader who concludes that God subordinates women to men is mistaken. There is not one form of Christianity for men and a lower form for women: There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus [Galatians 3.28].

    An important plea Lang makes in addressing his readers is Please don’t read this book with a closed mind, as he presents a broad biblical view of the place of women in God’s plans for the salvation of the human race. He hopes Christians who uphold the place of women in the Kingdom and those who deny them such a place will sift his evidence carefully and fairly and be willing to discuss his views collaboratively.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    vera Pickford

    What the Bible Really Says about Women”
    A book written by Tony Lang.

    Usually when one sits down to read a book about the Bible it is about
    the men in the Bible, because, after all Jesus is the centre of the Christian religion
    and the Bible tells us all about his birth, his ministry, his death on
    the Cross and his resurrection.

    This book is very interesting because it gives us so much new and
    fascinating information about the women in the Bible – it explains who
    they were and their roles in supporting the formation of the Christian
    religion. It is a very informative and entertaining read.

    Vera Pickford.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Lionel Robson

    “What the Bible Really Says About Women.”
    Yes. I know the author; and have known him for about fifty years, give or take. Is this short review biased? Probably.
    Tony was a military and police chaplain for many years. Given his background, why did he write this book? He tells us: “The book is for everyone. It’s written for women in the Church who are unable to participate in leading roles because of their gender. (He is a Presbyterian). It’s for those who believe men have a God-given right, in their reading of scripture the doctrinal position of their denomination, to treat women as subordinates in the life of the Church and in personal relationships. It brings solid evidence from scripture for those who support women’s rights within the Church community to participate at all levels in the life and witness of the Church …”
    There are some 31 chapters in its 129 pages. Part one looks at women characters in the First Testament (OT). What a story he tells about each one. Not a wimp among them. A few were a little more genteel than the others. I am not giving the story away: this means that you need to read the book.
    He discussed eleven women mentioned in the Second Testament (NT). These were women who asked real questions of Jesus, probing to find out who he was and what his way of life was all about. They were his solid supporters, both those who met him in the flesh and the ones who responded to the story proclaimed about his in the very early church.
    Lang then turns to the modern era where he focuses on women working various areas, including education, theology/philosophy and medicine.
    He wears his scholarship lightly, but to telling effect. Here are two examples: In 1 Corinthians 15:3. (Read it), Paul gives a list of those to whom Jesus appeared after his resurrection. But note: “There is not a single mention of the women, despite the fact that all four Gospels tell us that that the women were the first at the empty tomb, and it was they who called the disciples”. So as the saying goes- “Go figure”.
    Here is another howler: In Romans 16:7, Paul says, “Greet Andronicus (the coffee Mogul?). and Junia, my relatives”. Lang argues that “for thirteen centuries Junia’s female gender was never mentioned”. After the thirteenth century Junia underwent gender reassignment and became Junias. There is no evidence for the name Junias. Indeed, there are some 250 instances in both the Greek and Latin languages of the name Junia. Not a single example of the name Junias has ever been found. So, play the detective and check which name appears in your Bible. If Junias, then it is time to update. The NRSV is the best version of the Bible available.
    Tony Lang has written other books and his skill as a writer and storyteller is clear to see. This book is a serious text, yet touched in places with appropriate humour. His humour was always obvious in our student days all those years ago. It is pleasing to see that he still has it.
    I am pleased to have read this book and am thankful that Tony took the time to research and write it. It is sobering to think that such a text is still needed in 2018. At least in the UCA we have made some progress in the areas he covers. But there is never room for complacency. As we all know nothing can be taken for granted these days; even long held gains must be protected.
    Lionel Robson

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bill Lang

    AURORA Magazine, Diocese of Newcastle-Hunter
    “As you read this book and absorb the stories of all the women mentioned, note how each one of them was a special servant of God, open to his leading.”
    This is the beginning of the Foreword introducing Rev Tony Lang’s book What the Bible Really Says About Women.
    Rev Lang continues: “When we turn to the Gospels and beyond, we find the same message. God shows no discrimination.”
    Right from the opening few lines of the Foreword, I was hooked. To this reader, the concept of equity of men and women has a naturalness to it reminiscent of divine planning, yet many – both in secular and non-secular communities – act in ways that contravene this self-evident ideal.
    Owing to painstaking-research, Rev Lang does a great job of taking on a difficult concept. In What the Bible Really Says About Women, Rev Lang dares to challenge the gender normative roles of Christian tradition while succeeding admirably at presenting an engaging and evidence-based case for gender equality within the Church and in everyday life.
    Before delivering evidence, grounded in scripture, that God offers the same eternal life to both men and women while asking for the same faith and commitment, Rev Lang debunks five common arguments amongst “subordinationists”, my favourite being: “Because woman was taken from the Man’s rib, so she must be subordinate to him.”
    Citing Dr Andrew Sloane, author of At Home in a Strange Land: Using the Old Testament in Christian Ethics, Rev Lang debunks this theory by pointing out: “…there is nothing in those words to suggest a hierarchical order. Man’s substance is from the ground – but he is not subject to the ground. The woman is dependent for her existence upon God, not the man”.
    While the substance of Rev Lang’s book is likely to appeal to women readers, particularly Christian women readers – and it is not by accident that the review of a book with a strong gender equality theme is included in the special International Women’s Day edition of Aurora – What the Bible Really Says About Women will fully engross all readers. Most importantly, it contains a message important to both genders and society as a whole.
    Britten Thompson
    Team Leader, Digital,
    Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

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