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God's Design for Man and Woman
Biblical Foundations

God's Design for Man and Woman

A biblical-theological survey of God’s design for man and woman as originally established at creation, subsequently distorted at the fall, powerfully restored in Christ, and finally consummated in the future eternal state. This course is highly recommended for accredited college-level classes.

At a Glance

  • A rigorous, full-bible theological survey on gender and marriage roles appropriate for college, seminary, and church-based leadership training courses, as well as for dedicated personal study
  • Access to 9 units of instruction authored by the noted biblical scholar Andreas Kӧstenberger assisted by his wife Margaret, author of Jesus & the Feminists
  • Detailed exploration of the biblical teaching on the identities and roles of men and women from Genesis to Revelation with a concluding unit on God’s design lived out today
  • Over 30 instructional videos and interviews featuring the instructors
  • Thoughtful reflection questions, online assessment, and other helpful tools for further study
  • 24/7 access for 12 months, so you can complete the course at your own pace
  • Contact us to inquire about group discounts


Approximately 100 hours

More Details

In light of the increasing ferment surrounding male and female identities and roles in our culture, it is vital to return to the biblical foundations to explore God’s design for man and woman first-hand. This timely and relevant study spans the panorama of the biblical teaching from Genesis to Revelation based on the authors’ acclaimed book God’s Design for Man and Woman (Crossway).

In this course, students will find answers to questions such as: What is God’s original design for men and women? How did the fall of humanity impact the male-female relationship? What is Jesus’ teaching on the subject? How does redemption in Christ affect the husband-wife relationship and women’s roles in the church? What was the practice of the early church? What light does Paul’s teaching shed on the issue? Is the biblical teaching on this topic coherent? What are the implications of God’s design for our everyday lives in the home, the church, and society?

Course Overview

  • Unit 1: Toward a Theology of God’s Design for Man & Woman
  • Unit 2: God’s Original Design (Genesis 1-3)
  • Unit 3: Patriarchs, Kings, Priests & Prophets (OT)
  • Unit 4: What Did Jesus Do? (Gospels)
  • Unit 5: What Did the Early Church Do? (Acts)
  • Unit 6: Paul’s Message to the Churches (First 10 Letters)
  • Unit 7: Paul’s Legacy (Letters to Timothy & Titus)
  • Unit 8: The Rest of the Story (Other NT Teaching)
  • Unit 9: God’s Design for Man & Woman Lived Out Today

Course Format

A series of 9 units, each including instruction on key portions of Scripture’s teaching on God’s design for man and woman, engaging videos featuring the instructors of the course, and various tools for assessment and further study.


What is unique about this course?
Beyond a mere treatment of key passages, this course will help you connect the dots – that is, appreciate the biblical teaching on God’s design for man and woman in its entirety. Unlike other courses that focus primarily on the role of women, this course covers the identities and roles of both men and women. Rather than being taught exclusively by a male instructor, this course is authored and facilitated by a husband-and-wife team, ensuring that both men’s and women’s voices are equally represented throughout. The course is specifically designed to equip the next generation to be grounded in the biblical teaching on male-female identities and roles and to live it out in their personal lives and in the church.

Who is God’s Design for Man and Woman aimed at?
GDMW is written as a rigorous Biblical-theological examination of God’s revealed will for male and female, and is written especially for accredited college and seminary courses, lay and elder leadership training, and dedicated personal study. Those desiring to explore Scripture’s teaching on this topic will engage in a thorough study of the biblical material and grapple with implications for their everyday lives and decision-making in relationships and in the church.

What do I need to take this course?
You will need an internet connection and a Bible.

How should I use the course?
GDMW is ideal for a college or seminary-level course and is also highly recommended for small group or personal use in the context of the local church.



Andreas Kӧstenberger
Dr. Andreas Kӧstenberger

Andreas Kӧstenberger is the founder of Biblical Foundations™ and Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of God, Marriage, and the Family, The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown, Invitation to Biblical Interpretation, and many other helpful biblical resources.

Margaret Kӧstenberger
Dr. Margaret Kӧstenberger

Margaret Kӧstenberger is Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of Jesus and the Feminists. Together with her husband, she authored God’s Design for Man and Woman. The Kӧstenbergers have four children and live in North Carolina.