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Rachel Held Evans asks which is the biblical woman? 

Does a “biblical woman” get married or stay single?
Yes, she does.

Does a “biblical woman” work outside the home or exclusively inside of it?

Does a “biblical woman” homeschool her kids or send them to public school?

Does a “biblical woman” lead from upfront in her church or serve quietly behind the scenes?

Does a “biblical woman” vote Republican or Democrat?
Yes, she does.

A biblical woman is living into her God-given calling, learning every day to be more Christ-like, laying her background, personality, education, and skills at the feet of Jesus and seeing what He does with who she is.

Which means sometimes she sits in silence hearing what the Spirit says and sometimes she stands to speak truth with passion. She can be found married, or single-and-hoping-for-marriage, or committed to being single. She can be found voting for Republicans and Democrats and Independents and the Green Party. She can be found in Baptist churches and Methodist, Anglican and Catholic, Mennonite and Pentecostal. And in those churches, she can sometimes be found in the pew and sometimes found in the pulpit.

How can this be? How can all of these different sorts of women be in the same box” labeled “biblical”? Isn’t there one model of how to do this thing called womanhood correctly?

In her book A Year of Biblical Womanhood, towards the end of her year attempting to live out many of the stereotypes associated with a “biblical woman”, Rachel Held Evans reaches this conclusion:

“The Bible does not present us with a single model for womanhood, and the notion that it contains a sort of one-size-fits-all formula for how to be a woman of faith is a myth.
Among the women praised in Scripture are warriors, widows, slaves, sister wives, apostles, teachers, concubines, queens, foreigners, prostitutes, prophets, mothers, and martyrs… they lived their lives with valor. They lived their lives with faith.” (295)

Go forth and do likewise.