Jesus forever changed such hateful culture. Whenever His gospel is preached, women are equally invited to receive it (Matthew 11:28–30); everywhere Christianity goes, it elevates women to heights rarely seen in human history (Galatians 3:28); wherever the church is established, women have as important roles to fill as men do (although they differ) (1 Timothy 2:1–15). Of the thousands converted in that first generation, what made Lydia one of eight included in Acts? What does she teach us?
Some books you can take or leave one way or the other, and it won't make much difference. The Bible is not in that category. If you 'leave' it, you've lost the most important body of information in the world-and the key to your access to heaven. If you 'take' it (to be the Word of God), you labor under the serious responsibility of understanding as much of it as you possibly can.
Modern photography is amazing. With one lens, a photographer can zoom in on an object far and make it appear near. Then he can put on a wide-angle lens and get the big picture from close-up. What about applying time-lapse to history? Let's look at the church of Christ at Ephesus.