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Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy / Edition 2

Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy / Edition 2

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Discussions surrounding the roles of men and women--whether in the church, the home or society at large--never seem to end, often generating more heat than light. Such debate is still important, though, because this issue directly affects every member of Christ's body. What we believe the Bible teaches on these matters shapes nearly all we do in the church. In addition, these questions deserve further thought and reflection because neither side has won the day.
In an effort to further discussion, Ronald W. Pierce and Rebecca Merrill Groothuis (general editors), with the aid of Gordon D. Fee (contributing editor), have assembled a distinguished array of twenty-six evangelical scholars firmly committed to the authority of Scripture to explore the whole range of issues--historical, biblical, theological, hermeneutical and practical. While dispelling many of the myths surrounding biblical equality, they offer a sound, reasoned case that affirms the complementarity of the sexes without requiring a hierarchy of roles.
Contributors include Ruth A. Tucker, Janette Hassey, Richard S. Hess, Linda L. Belleville, Aída Besançon Spencer, Craig S. Keener, I. Howard Marshall, Peter H. Davids, Walter L. Liefeld, Stanley J. Grenz, Kevin Giles, Roger Nicole, William J. Webb, Sulia Mason, Karen Mason, Joan Burgess Winfrey, Judith K. Balswick, Jack O. Balswick, Cynthia Neal Kimball, Mimi Haddad, Alvera Micklesen, R. K. McGregor Wright and Alice P. Mathews.
Here is a fresh, positive defense of biblical equality that is at once scholarly and practical, irenic and yet spirited, up-to-date and cognizant of opposing positions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830828340
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 07/25/2005
Edition description: REV
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 921,267
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Ronald W. Pierce (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical studies and theology in the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, and author of Old Testament Interactive (a computer learning program for Old Testament survey classes).

Rebecca Merrill Groothuis is a freelance writer and editor, and author of Women Caught in the Conflict: The Culture War Between Traditionalism and Feminism and Good News for Women: A Biblical Picture of Gender Equality.

Gordon D. Fee (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College, and author of numerous books, including God's Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul, Listening to the Spirit in the Text and commentaries on 1 Corinthians and Philippians (NICNT) and the Pastoral Epistles (NIBC).

Table of Contents



Introduction - Rebecca Merrill Groothuis and Ronald W. Pierce

I. Setting the Stage (The Historical Backdrop)

1. The Changing Roles of Women in Ministry: The Early Church Through the 18th Century - Ruth A. Tucker

2. Evangelical Women in Ministry a Century Ago: The 19th and Early 20th Centuries - Janette Hassey

3. Contemporary Evangelicals for Gender Equality - Ronald W. Pierce

II. Looking to Scripture (The Biblical Texts)

4. Equality With and Without Innocence: Genesis 1--3 - Richard S. Hess

5. From Old Testament Law to New Testament Gospel - Ronald W. Pierce

6. Women Leaders in the Bible - Linda L. Belleville

7. Jesus' Treatment of Women in the Gospels - Aída Besançon Spencer

8. Praying and Prophesying in the Assemblies: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 - Gordon D. Fee

9. Learning in the Assemblies: 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 - Craig S. Keener

10. Male and Female in the New Creation: Galatians 3:26-29 - Gordon D. Fee

11. Mutual Love and Submission in Marriage: Colossians 3:18-19 and Ephesians 5:21-33 - I. Howard Marshall

12. Teaching and Usurping Authority: 1 Timothy 2:11-15 - Linda L. Belleville

13. A Silent Witness in Marriage: 1 Peter 3:1-7 - Peter H. Davids

III. Thinking It Through (Logical and Theological Perspectives)

14. The Priority of Spirit Gifting for Church Ministry - Gordon D. Fee

15. The Nature of Authority in the New Testament - Walter L. Liefeld

16. Biblical Priesthood and Women in Ministry - Stanley J. Grenz

17. God, Metaphor and Gender: Is the God of the Bible a Male Deity? - R. K. McGregor Wright

18. "Equal in Being, Unequal in Role": Exploring the Logic of Woman's Subordination - Rebecca Merrill Groothuis

19. The Subordination of Christ and the Subordination of Women - Kevin Giles

IV: Addressing the Issues (Hermeneutical and Cultural Perspectives)

20. Biblical Hermeneutics: Basic Principles and Questions of Gender - Roger Nicole

21. Hermeneutics and the Gender Debate - Gordon D. Fee

22. A Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic: The Slavery Analogy - William J. Webb

23. Gender Equality and Homosexuality - William J. Webb

24. Feminism and Abortion - Sulia Mason and Karne Mason

V. Living It Out (Practical Applications)

25. In Search of Holy Joy: Women and Self-Esteem - Joan Burgess Winfrey

26. Marriage as a Partnership of Equals - Judith K. Balswick and Jack O. Balswick

27. Nature, Culture and Gender Complementarity - Cynthia Neal Kimball

28. Helping the Church Understand Biblical Equality - Mimi Haddad and Alvera Mickelsen

29. Toward Reconcilation: Healing the Schism - Alice P. Mathews

About the Contributors

Name Index

Subject Index

Scripture Index

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