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Frodo Okulam

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Business Administration


Women in the Bible, Bible -- Criticism and interpretation, Feminism -- Religious aspects, Samaritan woman (Biblical figure), Saint Mary of Bethany -- Fiction, Christian women -- Religious life




This thesis crafts an argument for greater female education, teaching, and leadership within modern day Christian churches. By examining three key interactions between Jesus and women as recorded in the four canonical gospels, a clear example for gender equality within Christianity emerges. The manner in which Jesus speaks with the Samaritan Woman, Mary of Bethany, and the women at the resurrection, as well as the roles and responsibilities he places on them demonstrates that Christ saw women as capable of learning, teaching, and leading. As the canon of Christianity, Jesus' life on earth is the template that sets the bar for all those following him. Therefore, any congregation claiming to follow the life of Christ must evaluate their treatment of women to ensure strong alignment between Jesus' example and their operations.


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An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in University Honors and Business

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