insights on Ephesus that could radically alter your understanding of Paul's admonition in 1 Timothy 2:11- 12, which begins with "Let a woman learn."
Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian, Professor of Biblical studies emeritus at wheaton college and co-founder of Christians for Biblical Equality, teaches on Paul and Women
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In the Beginning
God made man and woman to reign over creation. To rule and relate as a reflection of who God is (Gen 1:26-28).
Tracing God's intention for women to lead, we see Ruth display an understanding of God that permits her to color outside the lines and Esther who uses her executive and legislative powers to save her people.
In the Gospels
Jesus recognized and elevated women.
Engaging them in conversation, Jesus insured that their voices were heard, commended their faith, acknowledged their gifts, and gave them the same authority he gave men. More than anyone possibly could, Jesus identified with women in their sufferings and ability to expand God's reign.
In Paul's Writings
Paul champions the leadership of women in the church. Throughout his letters, he instructs women on how to exercise their gifts. Only in First Timothy does he call for a moratorium on women teaching in the Ephesian church. Once, however, they are taught the Scriptures correctly, then they are equipped to teach others.
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