No verse is brought up more often in discussions on Women in Ministry than 1 Timothy 2:12. Many Christians are stuck on this one verse, but what does it mean? Here are my notes from a talk I gave on the 28th of June 2014 at a public meeting hosted by the Sydney chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality. Continue reading»
The “Difficult” Passages
This five part series takes a close look at 1 Timothy 2:12, at what it does and doesn’t say, as well as providing some cultural background.
Part 1 look at some of the pitfalls of using 1 Timothy 2:12 as the proof text on the issue of whether women can be leaders and teachers in the church. Continue reading»
To better understand Paul’s intention in 1 Timothy 2:12 it helps to understand the culture of the Ephesian people who Timothy was ministering to. This article takes a quick look at the goddess Artemis and her magnificent temple in Ephesus. Artemis had a huge influence on the Ephesians! Continue reading»
What was Paul’s primary purpose for writing his first letter to Timothy?
What was the problem in the Ephesian Church?
In Part 4 we begin looking at 1 Timothy 2:11-15, verse by verse, phrase by phrase. Continue reading»
Why are Adam and Eve mentioned immediately after Paul’s prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12?
What does Paul mean by salvation and childbirth in 1 Timothy 2:15? Continue reading»
In this article I tackle another of the “difficult passages” about women. 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is a hard passage to understand, but it makes more sense when read as a chiasm. What are Paul’s concerns and instructions here? Continue reading»
Some Christians think that the prohibition of a woman teaching a man in 1 Timothy 2:12 is clear and straightforward in meaning. The various ways this prohibition is understood and implemented in churches seems to indicate otherwise.
The context and language of 1 Timothy 2:12 raises several important questions about how we should apply this verse. This article looks at some of these questions. It also looks at the implications of taking this verse as a universal and timeless imperative. [2000 words] Continue reading»
Ephesians 5:22-33 is written as a chiasm with the main point in the centre of the passage. We misinterpret Ephesians 5:22-33 if we miss Paul’s main point. Continue reading»
It is important for women not to dress in a revealing or sexually provocative way, but this was not Paul’s meaning in his instructions in 1 Timothy 2:9. Continue reading»
Many Christians believe that submission in marriage is the duty only of wives. In 1 Peter 3:7 Peter comes very close to saying that husbands are to be submissive to their wives too. Continue reading»
In 1 Peter 3:1-6 Peter instructs wives to be submissive and he uses the examples of “the holy women of the past” and Sarah to help make his points. Who were these “holy women of the past”? In what way did Sarah submit to Abraham? Continue reading»
In this article I present several summaries of a range of interpretations of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 proposed by well-known Bible scholars. These interpretations are examined in the light of the context of 1 Corinthians chapter 14, and in the context of the entire letter of First Corinthians. First-century Corinthian culture is also used to evaluate the validity of the various interpretations. [3000 words plus endnotes. ] Continue reading»