Galatians 3:28, Neither Male Nor Female
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
//These are wonderful words of equality, penned by Paul, meant to be interpreted symbolically. Right? A person can’t really be neither male nor female, can s/he? Didn’t Genesis tell the story of how mankind was created “male and female” by God?
Let’s go back and read that text a little more carefully:
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. –Gen 1:27
Oh! Maybe we’ve been reading this wrong all along? God created “man” in His own image—being both male and female?
Hellenistic Jews read this text just this way! Mankind, they say, was created androgynous—both male and female—and they speculated that a time would come when human beings would once again return to this state of androgynous perfection.
Maybe you’ve read the Gospel of Thomas, and uncovered these words:
Jesus said to them: “When you make the two into one and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside and the above like the below, — that is, to make the male and the female into a single one, so that the male will no longer be male and the female no longer female– … then you will enter [the kingdom].” –Thomas 22