Putting Words in Paul’s Mouth: “Women: Shut Up!”

November 18, 2013

1 Corinthians 14.34-35 reads: Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. Here Paul […]

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Pauline Authorship Survey Chart

August 1, 2013

James McGrath posted a chart of the results of survey regarding the authorship of the Pauline epistles. He points out that “seeing the numbers” can provide a quick summation of scholarly opinion. But for me, visualizing those numbers is even better, so I put together this quick chart based on the data: Be sure to […]

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Who Wrote 2 Timothy?

February 11, 2013

In his post Secrets and lies and the deeper scandal of the evangelical mind, Fred Clark poses this hypothetical exchange: Question: Who wrote the second epistle to Timothy in the New Testament? Fundamentalist preacher: Paul. Biblical scholar: We don’t know, but Paul was long dead by the time it was probably written, so not him. […]

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I Do Not Permit A Woman

November 30, 2012

In 1 Timothy 2.12 Paul says “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” (NIV2011) What’s up with that? Is Paul really issuing a definitive command regarding women’s roles that’s binding upon all Christians today? Is this a clear directive that severely limits women’s […]

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