Genders in the World of the Bible
March 16 – 18

Gables UCC is honored to welcome back the Rev. Dr. Laurel Koepf Taylor, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, as she leads us through a series of lectures on the topic of Genders in the World of the Bible. Dr. Koepf Taylor researches the ways in which the family structures of the biblical world shape biblical family structures with particular attention to race, gender, and age.

Her book, Give Me Children or I Shall Die: Children and Communal Survival in Biblical Literature focuses on the contrast between ancient and modern constructions of childhood and how recognizing these differences can strengthen biblical interpretation.


Friday, March 16: Biblical Bodies: What’s a Eunuch?
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
$20.00 per person at the door
Did you know that the Bible assumes more than two genders? This evening’s lecture will examine the complex ways in which the Bible categorizes bodies, what this meant in the world that produced the Bible, and how such knowledge can intersect with our own expanding understanding of gender.


Saturday, March 17: Pre-lecture St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
7:00 p.m. in the Courtyard
Join us before the lecture for some live Celtic music, green beer, and appetizers.

Working it Out: Gendered Division of Labor
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
$20.00 per person at the door
It can be easy to assume that the “traditional” gendered division of labor is universal across cultures, but the Bible presents a far more nuanced picture. From agriculture and childbirth to religious and political leadership we will explore the cultural expectations of the ancient world and the ways in which God interrupts that order within the biblical text.


Sunday, March 18: Beyond Binaries: Gendering God
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 
 Havighorst Lounge
When using expansive language for God, we sometimes run up against the question, “but what does the Bible say?” This morning’s adult education time will go deeply into this question including the use of metaphor, the difficulty of translation, and how the complexity of gender in the Bible can feed our understanding of the divine.