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Paul, Women, and Wives: Marriage and Women's Ministry in the Letters of Paul

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Paul's letters stand at the center of the dispute over women, the church, and the home, with each side championing passages from the Apostle. In his challenging study of these thorny texts, Craig Keener delves deeply into the world of Paul and the other apostles, taking biblical texts seriously and explaining how Paul's letters arose in a specific time and place for a spec ...more
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Published June 1st 1992 by Baker Academic
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Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone seriously interested in Biblical teaching about gender roles
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In the contemporary world, one of the principal charges leveled against Christianity by its secularist adversaries is that the Christian Bible commands the subjugation of women under the rule of men, in both home and church (and by extension, pretty much everywhere else as well). This accusation isn't utterly without apparent basis in fact. After all, the Bible originated in ancient Jewish and Hellenistic cultures which certainly can be demonstrated to have been sexist. And it's also a fact that ...more
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a very strong treatment of this topic--it's in my top two books on the list. He deals with the 5 main passages about women in leadership and in marriage in the New Testament. Keener's a great scholar. I learned a ton, and I appreciate all the footnotes and primary documents quotes. He's so balanced that at times it's a little frustrating . . . he won't be conclusive when the biblical text and ancient evidence aren't conclusive. But I love this about him, because I know I can trust what h ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Keener, Craig S. Paul, Women and Wives: Marriage and Women's Ministry in the Letters of Paul. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1998.

Introduction (p1)
Part 1: The Roles of Women in the Church. (p17)
1.Head coverings in 1 Corinthians 11:1-6 (p19)
2.Questions about Questions – 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 (p70)
3.Learning in Silence – 1 Timothy 2:9-15 (p101)1
Part 2: Women's Roles in the Family. (p133)
4.Why Paul Told Wives to Submit – The Social Situation of Ephesians 5:18-33 (p139)
Jen Straka Michel
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Keener is a brilliant, dedicated, compassionate, godly man and makes compelling arguments solidly based in biblical and historical context.
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is really a tale of two books. I found the section on women in positions of authority well-researched and plausible. Keener gives lots of evidence and examples of how women served the earliest church as prophetesses, ministers, and teachers with authority. That implies that we must interpret other troublesome texts in light of what we know was actually happening in the church. Unfortunately, some of Keener's reasoning here is still a bit weak, but his evidence makes up for it. In fact, it i ...more
Rick Hogaboam
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have the utmost respect for Dr. Keener. I've been privileged to interact with him, and he's always been gracious to assist me in various matters of research. This volume here is simply a must-read for anyone working through the issue of women and wives in the NT context. Whether you agree with his conclusions of what I'd describe as the "complementarity without hierarchy" position, it will force you to dig deeper in elaborating an opposing opinion. I have some more to ponder and research in li ...more
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated this book a lot. His perspective as a scholar is excellent and the depth on the passages that he focused on was impressive. I would have loved to have had the book not just focus on Paul and to get his perspective and research on the topic from the Bible as a whole.
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I highly recommend this book. Whether you are an egalitarian or complementarian, Keener's treatment is worth engaging. He argues for full inclusion of women in ministry on exegetical grounds, rather than simply appealing to experience. An engaging and thought-provoking book.
Nicholas Quient
A strong socio-rhetorical egalitarian reading of the verse usually used to subordinate woman. The historical analysis is astounding and Keener marshals a practical encyclopedias' worth of knowledge about the debate. Highly recommended. Second to Philip Payne's masterpiece.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I don't agree with all of his positions and conclusions, this book is amazing. It is well-researched and compelling. It is certainly a book that requires further reflection.
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent exploration of the cultural contexts that framed Paul's discussion of women in marriage and ministry.
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Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many books, including Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, the bestseller The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Gift and Giver, and commentaries on Matthew, John, Romans, 1–2 Corinthians, ...more
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