I Suffer Not a Woman: Rethinking I Timothy 2:11-15 in Light of Ancient Evidence

I Suffer Not a Woman: Rethinking I Timothy 2:11-15 in Light of Ancient Evidence

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Overview

"I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence."
—1 Timothy 2:12 KJV

This passage troubles those who desire greater leadership roles for women in ministry but who also want to remain loyal to Scripture. Did Paul forbid a woman to exercise her leadership and teaching gifts, or was he dealing with a particular error in the church?

According to I Suffer Not a Woman, Paul was reacting to a specific problem that was sweeping churches: a myth, taught mostly by women, which later became a foundation for gnosticism. This book offers an in-depth look at the Greek text of 1 Timothy 2:11-15 in the context of the Pastoral Epistles and in its historical context. By illuminating the first-century culture of Ephesus, the Kroegers shed light on the ancient world thought patterns Paul faced and offer a responsible alternative understanding of this much debated passage.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801052507
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/1998
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 355,736
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard Clark Kroeger is a retired pastor and college professor. Catherine Clark Kroeger is founder and president emerita of Christians for Biblical Equality and is an adjunct professor of classical and ministry studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The Kroegers founded the Institute for Lay Training.

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