Enlightened Gnostics and Misogynistic Christians? The New Testament Attitude Toward Women
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The Ancient of Days
DaVinci Coda Conference with Michael S. Heiser, PhD
Part 4: "Enlightened Gnostics and Misogynistic Christians? The New Testament Attitude Toward Women"
This video critiques the notion that Gnosticism elevated women while the New Testament writers and the early Church did everything they could to oppress them. What does the New Testament really say about the role of women? Does the Bible oppress women - or elevate them? Ancient languages expert Michael Heiser offers an honest examination of the supposed "pro-woman"
message often ascribed to the gnostics. Is gnosticism really "enlightened" in terms of womens' roles. Looking at the actual texts the gnostics themselves wrote, their customs, rituals and spirituality, Heiser makes sense of the nonsense surrounding this ancient and mysterious religion's place for women.
Michael S. Heiser, Ph.D. earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Before attending the UW-Madison, Mike earned an M.A. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania (major fields: Ancient Israel and Egyptology). Mike was hired as the Academic Editor of Logos Bible Software shortly after completing his Ph.D. Before joining Logos, Mike spent twelve years teaching biblical studies, history, and biblical languages on the undergraduate level. As Academic Editor for Logos, Mike is responsible for targeting and evaluating potential data projects for scholarly products, overseeing existing academic projects, and participating in creating academic content for the software. Mike’s main research interests are Israelite religion (especially Israel’s divine council), contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion, biblical languages, ancient Semitic languages, textual criticism, comparative philology, and Second Temple period Jewish literature. He is the author of the science fiction thriller “The Facade”. Mike is a member of The Evangelical Theological Society, The Society of Biblical Literature, & The Near East Archaeology Society. Mike's Academic Honors include: Scholarship recipient: Wisconsin Society for Jewish Higher Learning (1995, 1996, 1998) The National Dean's List (1996) Selected to: Who's Who Among America's College Teachers (1996) Fellowship recipient: James L Weinstein Fellowship in Hebrew Studies (1995) Scholarship recipient, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Ancient History (1992).
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