Excerpt and Reviews: "Man and Woman, One in Christ"
While working through Man and Woman, One in Christ I came across an argument I'd not considered before.
While discussing 1st Timothy and the legacy of Timothy's mother and grandmother Payne points out that "Paul praised these two women for their part in making the sacred writings known to Timothy 'from infancy', a phrase expressing when their teaching began but giving no indication that it stopped at any point in Timothy's life" pg. 330
Does it seem to you that this is what’s happening in this passage?
If Timothy, a great leader in the early church, was accepting teaching from wiser women does that re-contextualize the seemingly restrictive regulations for women we read elsewhere in the letter?
If nothing else it’s quite an intriguing angle to approach this question from.
If you are intrigued by this argument or other points made in Man and Woman, One in Christ there are a couple reviews you may be interested in.
Craig Blomberg writes a review for Denver Seminary which features a response by Philip Payne.
Rod McArdle at Deep Creek Anglican featured eighteen posts parsing Payne's arguments. You can find his conclusion and links to each post here.
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