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The Making of Biblical Womanhood

How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth

by Beth Allison Barr

With eye-opening and historically-ground insight, this book shares exactly what the Bible says about women's roles and why the Church has had it wrong for so long

  • Want to better understand Biblical understanding of women and their roles?

  • This enlightening read will highlight where the Church teaching is wrong about what God intended for women

  • A deep & historical insight which is sure to shake up tradition

  • Author

    Beth Allison Barr

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  • Publisher

    Brazos Press

  • Published

    April 2021

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The Making of Biblical Womanhood

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USA Today Bestseller

"A powerful work of skillful research and personal insight."--Publishers Weekly

Biblical womanhood--the belief that God designed women to be submissive wives, virtuous mothers, and joyful homemakers--pervades North American Christianity. From choices about careers to roles in local churches to relationship dynamics, this belief shapes the everyday lives of evangelical women. Yet biblical womanhood isn't biblical, says Baylor University historian Beth Allison Barr. It arose from a series of clearly definable historical moments.

This book moves the conversation about biblical womanhood beyond Greek grammar and into the realm of church history--ancient, medieval, and modern--to show that this belief is not divinely ordained but a product of human civilization that continues to creep into the church. Barr's historical insights provide context for contemporary teachings about women's roles in the church and help move the conversation forward.

Interweaving her story as a Baptist pastor's wife, Barr sheds light on the #ChurchToo movement and abuse scandals in Southern Baptist circles and the broader evangelical world, helping readers understand why biblical womanhood is more about human power structures than the message of Christ.



  1. The Beginning of Patriarchy

  2. What If Biblical Womanhood Doesn’t Come from Paul?

  3. Our Selective Medieval Memory

  4. The Cost of the Reformation for Evangelical Women

  5. Writing Women Out of the English Bible

  6. Sanctifying Subordination

  7. Making Biblical Womanhood Gospel Truth

  8. Isn’t It Time to Set Women Free?


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  • Author

    Beth Allison Barr

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    Brazos Press

  • Published

    April 2021

  • Weight


  • Dimensions

    140 x 214 x 18 mm

  • ISBN


  • ISBN-10


  • Eden Code


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  • Author/Creator: Beth Allison Barr

  • ISBN: 9781587434709

  • Publisher: Brazos Press

  • Release Date: April 2021

  • Weight: 300g

  • Dimensions: 140 x 214 x 18 mm

  • Eden Code: 5283809

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