Gender-neutral Occupations in Scripture?
- I have recently been studying the occurrence (or lack thereof) of "gender-neutral" occupations as held in Scripture (both the NT and OT). I happened upon Acts 16:14 wherein Lydia is called a "seller of purple" (porphyropolis). This is evidently the feminine form of the term "porphyropoles". Since there are both masculine and feminine forms of the term in Greek, I am wondering if this occupation was performed by both males and females. If so, there is no indication given that the church disapproved of females being "sellers of purple" and so, this scripture, by implication, may lend (scriptural) support to (or at least not disapproval of) certain gender-neutral occupations.
My questions are: Is there any other evidence (historically?/scripturally?) for other (apparently) gender-neutral occupations among the Jews in the OT and/or among the Christians in the NT? Also, could the masculine form of "porphyropoles" be used also to refer to (only?) women who engaged in such an occupation?
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- Hello Misty,
Off the top of my head, shepherding was a gender neutral occupation. It is
my estimation that until a woman became married and pregnant she could do
whatever her skills allowed her to do. After birthing, children would have
taken up her time until they were older or she didn¹t have any more children.
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- Does anyone know if there's a digital transcription of GKII of Sirach (a.k.a. GII in Skehan & Di Lella's Anchor Bible volume)? While absent in Rahlfs, it is represented in small print in the Göttingen LXX and enclosed in brackets in italicized script in Benjamin Wright's translation of Sirach in the NETS. I know, of course, that the Logos version of the Göttingen LXX will have it, but I was wondering if there was a public domain transcription (similar to the CCAT transcription of Rahlfs http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/gopher/text/religion/biblical/lxxmorph/36.Sirach.mlxx).
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