I have reasons to consider 1 Tim 2:11-15 again. I will not explain why but I will update this post once the event I am leading is complete.
Just when I thought I had lain this down...
Well, I do not think that it is to be.
Brain keeps whirring and it stirs something deep within to be called again into a place where the hermeneutics on this passage might be opened up afresh.
I come at it now with a gentler heart-beat, a steadier hand exegeting and a broader and more grace-filled approach.
I am an evangelical, I believe in the Word of God as inspired and true and having now read and read around this topic, understand that the Church made its decision to ordain and consecrate women because of its reading of the scriptures too. Society got there before the church but the church did not make its decision because of society, however it does enable us to have a more effective voice in society.
Anyway, as a colleague and I work out what we are going to say, i shall pray that we can deliver our thoughts perhaps a little more objectively than perhaps I might have done a few years ago.
FOR FURTHER STUDY
“The Bible and Gender Equality,” by Rebecca Merrill Groothuis
Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity without Hierarchy, ed. Ronald W. Pierce, Rebecca Merrill Groothuis, with Gordon Fee
Equal to Serve: Women and Men Working Together Revealing the Gospel, by Gretchen Gaebelein Hull
“Exegetical Fallacies in Interpreting 1 Timothy 2:11-15,” Linda L. Belleville
Good News for Women: a Biblical Picture of Gender Equality, by Rebecca Merrill Groothuis
I Suffer Not a Woman: Rethinking 1 Timothy 2:11-15 in Light of Ancient Evidence, by Catherine Clark Kroeger and Richard Clark Kroeger
BAILEY, K.E., Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes. Cultural Studies in the Gospels
WRIGHT, N.T., Women's Service in the Church http://www.ntwrightpage.com/Wright_Women_Service_Church.htm
Rosemary Radford Ruether, 'Women-Church Theology and Practice of Feminist Liturgical Communities', Harper and Row, San Francisco, 1985
GROOTHUIS, R. M., The Bible and Gender equality
(http://www.cbeinternational.org/new/pdf_files/free_articles/groothius_bible_genderequailty.pdf) Nov 08
ASHLEY R., 'Can a Woman Have Authority Over a Man?', in HARRIS, H. & SHAW, J.,The Call for Women Bishops, London, 2004
BELIZIKIAN, G., Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible says about a woman's place in church and family, 3rd edition, U.S.A, Grand Rapids, 2006
MARSHALL, I.H., 'Mutual Love and Submission in Marriage', in Discovering Biblical Equality,ed.s) R. W. Pierce and R M Groothuis: IVP, 2005
NOVAKOVIC, L., 'I Have Seen the Lord' in Mutuality, Spring, 2006 (http://www.cbeinternational.org/new/pdf_files/free_articles/Novakovic_Mary_Magdalene.pdf) Nov 2008
STORKEY, E., Created or Constructed. The Great Gender Debate, Cumbria, Pasternoster Press, 2000
TILLEY, M.A., Catholic Biblical Quarterley; Jan 2008, Vol. 70 Issue 1, p.156-157 'A Review of MADIGAN, K. & OSIEK, C. (eds.). Ordained Women in the Early Church: A Documentary History Baltimore/London, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003'