Discovering Biblical Equality

Discovering Biblical Equality

Complementarity Without Hierarchy

2nd Edition

General Editor Ronald W. Pierce and Rebecca Merrill Groothuis
Edited by Gordon D. Fee

Discovering Biblical Equality
  • Length: 528 pages
  • Published: July 25, 2005
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2834-0
  • Item Code: 2834
  • Case Quantity: 20

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.


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

Gordon D. Fee

Gordon D. Fee (PhD, University of Southern California) is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has written several books and commentaries, including Listening to the Spirit in the Text, God's Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul, New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors, and commentaries on 1 Corinthians and Philippians (NICNT) and the Pastoral Epistles (NIBC).

BY Gordon D. Fee