Video of “Is God Sexist?” with Michelle Tepper: Relevant Series at the University of Toronto

It was a great honour and joy to again co-lead the University of Toronto mission week, this time with my friend Logan Gates of RZIM. Last semester during the Relevant Series week, 1500 students attended 17 talks. Here is a video of one of them.

IS GOD SEXIST? WITH MICHELLE TEPPER

Is the Bible misogynistic? Wasn’t the Bible written by primitive men who were flagrant sexists? What is God’s design? What leadership roles did Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, Rahab, Lydia, and others have in the storyline of the Bible? How did Jesus treat women? How is Christianity good news for women?

SPEAKER:

MICHELLE TEPPER is an itinerant speaker with RZIM in the US, teaching worldwide on a number of subjects, including the problem of pain, God’s character, sex, relationships, and love.

Before moving back to home to the United States, Michelle was based in Oxford. She studied theology at the University of Oxford, was a guest lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and spoke overseas as a part of the RZIM European team. Prior to joining the RZIM staff, Michelle worked for six years as the University Chaplain for St. Aldate’s—a thriving, historic, student friendly church located in the heart of Oxford. While at Oxford, Michelle met and married her husband there. Michelle and her husband, Peter, live in Florida with their daughter, Sophia.

JOINING FOR THE Q&A:

DR. MARION TAYLOR grew up in Toronto. Questions about how to negotiate the worlds of her faith and the academic study of the Bible pushed her to pursue an MA in Near Eastern Studies and a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Toronto. Ultimately her journey took her to Yale University where she received a MPhil, a Masters of Sacred Theology (STM), and a PhD. Under the direction of Professor Dr. Brevard Childs, she wrote her doctoral thesis on the history of Old Testament studies as they developed at Princeton Seminary from 1812 to 1929. She is currently Professor of Old Testament at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto.

Marion’s interests in the Old Testament are broad. Most recently she has focused on forgotten women interpreters of the Bible. Her written and/or edited books include the following: “Let her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-century Women Writing on Women in Genesis,” “Recovering Nineteenth-Century Women Interpreters,” “Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters,” “Women of War, Women of Woe.” Marion is also currently completing a commentary on Ruth and Esther. She has received several research grants to support her projects. Marion’s husband Glen is also a professor of Old Testament at the University of Toronto. They have three adult children. In her spare time, Marion loves to read, write, and walk her dog at the cottage in northern Ontario.

IRENE DEVEREAUX received her BA from McMaster University, specializing in Developmental Psychology. She works full-time with Power to Change at the University of Toronto and is pursuing a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling at Tyndale University.

She is passionate about relationships and helping people discover their purpose and potential in life. Irene loves to travel, explore, and adventure with others. This is Irene’s 9th year on staff with Power to Change.

The Relevant Series (www.relevantseries.com) was sponsored by the following campus groups: Wycliffe College, Power to Change, Chinese Christian Fellowship, Agape Impact, Network of Christian Scholars, Inter-Varsity, Everynation Campus, and Athletes in Action.

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