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Rediscovering Scripture's Vision for Women
Does God call women to serve as equal partners in marriage and as leaders in the church? The answer to this straightforward question is deeply contested. Into the fray, Lucy Peppiatt offers her work on interpretation of the Bible and Christian practice. With careful exegetical work, Peppiatt considers relevant passages in Ephesians, Colossians, 1 Peter, 1 Timothy, and 1 Corinthians. There she finds a story of God releasing women alongside men into all forms of ministry, leadership, work, and service on the basis of character and gifting, rather than biological sex.
Those who see the overturning of male-dominated hierarchy in the Scriptures, she argues, are truly rediscovering an ancient message—a message distorted by those who assumed that a patriarchal world, which they sometimes saw reflected in the Bible, was the one God had ordained.
"I am so grateful to Lucy for this wonderful packaging of all her best ideas about women in the Bible and church."
"The whole time I read this work, I kept thinking of those who would benefit from these thoughtful, accessible, and clearheaded responses to the primary objections against women fully serving in their gospel calling. Consequently, I am grateful for this resource that is both scripturally robust and theologically powerful. For those just beginning to think of these questions to those who have thought on these things for decades, Lucy's book will encourage and enlighten anyone who wants to engage these concerns."
"Lucy Peppiatt has written an encouraging book that invites women to see themselves in the biblical story, not as props but as protagonists, and along the way she explains many of those confusing texts about wives, head coverings, and prohibitions on teaching. In the end, Peppiatt offers a biblically grounded case for Christian mutuality that unites the sexes in service of a common Lord."
1. An Androcentric Story? Men Everywhere!
2. Joining the Story: The Place of Women in God’s Great Plan
3. A Woman’s Natural Place: Man Is the Head of a Woman
4. Talking Heads: The Meaning of Headship
5. Balancing Marriage: The Hierarchicalist View
6. Redressing the Balance: The Mutualist View of Marriage
7. Mistranslations, Misinterpretations, and Misunderstandings: The Dominant Narrative of Male Bias
8. A Final Word: 1 Timothy 2:8-15