The Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr

Sundays at 12:15pm In Person


Wednesdays at 6:33pm via Zoom


Following a short break, New Church will resume our seasonal book study with the reading and discussing of Beth Allison Barr’s, The Making of Biblical Womanhood.


Biblical womanhood, the belief that God designed women to be submissive wives, virtuous mothers, and joyful homemakers, pervades North American Christianity. 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 into the realm of church history to show that this belief is not divinely ordained but a product of human civilization that continues to creep into the church. Interweaving her story as a Baptist pastor's wife, Barr helps readers understand why biblical womanhood is more about human power structures than the message of Christ.


We will gather following worship to discuss the book. Everyone is invited to bring your lunch or order lunch from Uber Eats, Door Dash, etc. You don’t have to have read the book to join us, just come and join the conversation.


In addition, we will also have a New Church Book Study on Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 6:33pm CDT beginning on Wednesday, May 4 and concluding on Wednesday, June 1. This is particularly designed for those who can’t stay after church, must miss a Sunday, or those who live far away and worship with us online.







The reading assignment for this week is the Introduction and Chapter 1 - The Beginning of Patriarchy.


Due to our Mother's Day Brunch, we will not meet in person this week. Please join us on Wednesday, May 11 via Zoom to discuss this week's chapter.





The reading assignment for this week is Chapter 2 - What If Biblical Womanhood Doesn't Come from Paul? and Chapter 3 - Our Selective Medieval Memory.







The reading assignment for this week is Chapter 4 - The Cost of the Reformation for Evangelical Women and Chapter 5 - Writing Women Out of the English Bible.







The reading assignment for this week is Chapter 6 - Sanctifying Subordination and Chapter 7 - Making Biblical Womanhood Gospel Truth.







The reading assignment for this week is Chapter 8 - Isn't It Time to Set Women Free?