In this week’s lesson, guest teacher Geneva Chinnock examines one of the most divisive passages within Christianity, 1 Timothy 2:11-15. In many conservative churches, this passage is used to to justify banning women from teaching coed Bible classes, being an elder and serving as a pastor. Was this Paul’s intention when he wrote to Timothy? What about women who were leaders in the early church, such as Priscilla, Phoebe and Junia? By using sound principles of exegesis, including context and original language, Geneva answers the question of whether or not women are to remain silent and sidelined.
Note: Dr. Bramson joined Geneva for the question and answer period, which is included in this audio. However, the questions were not picked up by our recording device. We send our deepest apologies. So in the first gap, the question was: “I had lots of questions, but you have answered them all.” In the second gap, the question was: “How do you answer a feminist who says we should call God Mother, and you don’t want to offend them?”