For some (hierarchical complementarian) Christians being a faithful follower of Jesus is not enough for a woman to be saved. 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»
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»