Women, Authority & the Bible
Women, Authority & the Bible
  • Length: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 in
  • Published: March 21, 1986
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 0608
  • ISBN: 9780877846086

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Evangelicals have reached a critical impasse.

Advocates of more traditional roles for women say the heart of the matter is biblical authority. Those supporting more open roles say the crux is not biblical authority but biblical interpretation and application.

  • What are the real issues in this controversy?
  • How can we make sense out of key passages in 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians and 1 Timothy?
  • How can legitimate change be encouraged in the church?
  • How can we keep in mind that the decisions we reach affect living, breathing human beings?

The twenty-six evangelical leaders represented here, all participants in the Evangelical Colloquium on Women and the Bible, ask the hard questions about women's roles. Not all of them agree on everything. But they do agree that we must begin with the question, "What does the Bible teach?" They also agree that too often poor exegesis has been used to advocate positions on either side. Here support for women's ministry allies itself with scholarly rigor in the effort to break new ground.

Essential reading for all concerned about women in the church.


I. Why Are We Here?
1. Why We?re Here - Patricia Gundry
Response - Gretchen Gaelbelein Hull

II. Biblical Authority
2. Biblical Authority Interpretation - Robert K. Johnston
3. Biblical Authority Feminist Aspirations - Roger Nicole
4. Biblical Authority the Issues in Question - Clark H. Pinnock
Response to Pinnock, Nicole and Johnston - Stanley N. Gundry

III. Biblical Views of Authority Headship
5. Authority, Hierarchy Leadership Patterns in the Bible - Richard N. Longenecker
Response - Willard M. Swartley
Response - Marianne Meye Thompson
6. What Does Kephale Mean in the New Testament? - Berkeley Alvera Mickelsen
Response - Ruth A. Tucker
Response - Philip Barton Payne

IV. Difficult Passages
7. Women, Submission Ministry in 1 Corinthians - Walter L. Liefeld
Response - Alan F. Johnson
8. Galatians 3:28--Conundrum or Solution? - Kylne R. Snodgrass
Response - Susie C. Stanley
Response - W. Ward Gasque
9. 1 Timothy 2:9-15 the Place of Women in the Church?s Ministry - David M. Scholer
10. 1 Timothy 2:12--A Classicist?s View - Catherine Clark Kroeger
Response - Walter L. Liefeld
Response to Scholer and Kroeger - Nancy Wiles Holsey

V. Changing the Church
11. Strategies for Change - Joan D. Flikkema
Response - Frances F. Hiebert
Response - Timothy P. Weber

VI. What Have We Accomplished?
12. Hearing the Cry - Nicholas Wolterstorff
13. Understanding the Differences - J. I. Packer
14. Turning Reality into Dreams - Jeannette F. Scholer


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Alvera Mickelsen has taught at Wheaton College and Bethel College, and has served as editor for Christian Life Magazine, The Conservative Baptist and David C. Cook Publications. In addition to numerous articles, her publications include Better Bible Study, Family Bible Encyclopedia, Understanding Scripture and Women, Authority and the Bible.