Friday, February 5, 2010

Most Controversial Text (in 1 Tim. 2)

"I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet" (1 Tim. 2:12).

"The extraordinary volume of literature that has sprung up around these verses may be usefully divided into three groups" (Carson and Moo, Introduction to the NT, 570):
  1. "The first seeks to domesticate or limit possible application today by finding evidence for a peculiar situation in the first-century culture or heresy within the church that the author was addressing--a situation that no-longer exists today" (INT, 570). E.g. Fee, Liefeld, Belleville.
  2. "The second focuses on detailed matters of exegesis and concludes that as a matter of theological principle Paul insists on role distinctions ... arguing that there are no unambiguous first-century cultural feature that justify ignoring the relevance of such texts today" (INT, 570). E.g. Knight, Kostenberger, Schreiner.
  3. "The third group agrees with the second in its main contention, but concludes that in this regard the apostle is morally blinded by his own times, so that his restriction should not only be ignored but should be actively overturned by those who are more enlightened today" (INT, 570). E.g. Wagner.
Where do you fall on this issue? Why?

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