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Biblical Studies 101: What is the role of women in the church?


  • Blackout 6 years ago

    Hi Shenica. I think that your quest to find herstory in the history of the church is admirable, but I think that if you really want to confront the anti-woman bigotry which pervades the christian church, you will need to at least acknowledge that this discrimination IS biblically based.

    "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church." ~ 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

    "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve." ~ 1 Timothy 2:11-13

    Personally, I think that this kind of institutionalized misogyny is both primitive and disgusting, but it is a core theological teaching in most christian sects.


  • Alden Marshall, Knoxville Religion and Spiritualit 6 years ago

    Good article. As to 1 Tim 2, ursurp is a good version and it means to take unwarrented authority, but the 4 dtrs of Phillip were prophets." Keep silent" referred to that place and time for at other times women did speak, as prophets, for example. Futhermore, in Romans 16, Junia was an apostle. That is the Greek form, which is feminine and not Junius. Chrysostom agreed, and added that although he did not understand, it was clearly a female apostle noted. Whatever else apostles were, they were very important leaders of the church.

  • Blackout 6 years ago

    Hi Alden. When you say "unwarrented authority," what do you mean? What kinds of authority are categorically warrented for men, but not women? As for keeping silent referring "to that place," how does this alleviate the inherent inequity in the instruction? Are you saying that mysogyny was morally acceptable in the past, but not now?

  • Blackout 6 years ago

    What? No answers? Interesting...

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