Annotated Bibliography for Gender Related Books in 2003 -- By: Rob Lister

Journal: Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Volume: JBMW 09:2 (Fall 2004)
Article: Annotated Bibliography for Gender Related Books in 2003
Author: Rob Lister

Annotated Bibliography for Gender Related Books in 2003

Compiled and Annotated by

Rob Lister

Managing Editor Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Louisville, Kentucky

In this issue of the journal we profile some of the most significant gender-related books from 2003. Here is a brief reminder about the categories we are using and our intent in using them. By Complementarian we simply seek to designate an author who recognizes the full personal equality of the sexes, coupled with an acknowledgment of role distinctions in the home and church. By Egalitarian then, we intend to classify evangelicals who see only undifferentiated equality, i.e. they see no Scriptural warrant for affirming male headship in the home or the church. Under the Non-Evangelical heading, we have classified important secular works as well as books that broach the subject of biblical gender issues from a religious, albeit, non-evangelical point of view. This category also serves as our classification for Liberal scholars wanting to retain some sort of Christian identity. Finally, under the Undeclared heading, we have listed those books that do not give sufficient indication of their fundamental stance for us to classify them more specifically.

Complementarian Authors/Books

Akin, Daniel. God on Sex: The Creator’s Ideas about Love, Intimacy, and Marriage. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2003.

Walking through the Song of Solomon, Akin delightfully details God’s plan for marital intimacy. He clearly demonstrates how God planned and rejoices in the goodness of marital sexuality. Sprinkled throughout with personal reflections and humorous anecdotes, the pages turn quickly. More importantly still is the conviction and encouragement that Akin’s book provides when considering how often our own marriages fall short of the biblical ideal. In my own judgment, every married (and engaged) couple should read this book.

Campbell, Ken M., ed. Marriage and Family in the Biblical World. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2003.

In this scholarly volume, Campbell’s six contributors provide a thorough evaluation of the marital and family contexts of the Old and New Testaments. Helpful extra-biblical chapters survey the familial mores of the Ancient Near East, Ancient Greek and Roman societies, and Second Temple Judaism. Daniel Block and Andreas Köstenberger also offer keen discussions of marriage and family in Ancient Israel and in the New Testament respectively.

Caner, Ergun Mehmet, ed. Voices Behind the Veil: The World of Islam Through the Eyes of Women. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2003.

This remarkable volume is compose...

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