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Male-Centered Language and Worldview

The address of the letter provides a good illustration of the male-centered worldview of the New Testament writers, which is often compounded by non-inclusive translations. For example, in 1:1, Paul identifies himself as an apostle called by God first and foremost and not by human authorities. The RSV translates the source of Paul’s call as “not from men nor through man.” In the NRSV the wording has been improved and clarified to “neither by human commission nor from human authorities.” The same point is made again in 1:10–12. In this case, it is a question of translation…

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