Author Archives: Joshua Jordan

Reviewing “Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church”

  Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church, from the series Sources of Early Christian Thought, is a terrific contribution to any library of biblical interpretation texts. The editor and translator, Karlfried Froehllich, has organized the material into ten chapters. The … Continue reading

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CONCLUSION

Over time, it would seem as if some of the more recent interpretations with regard to the Adam and Eve story, recovering favorable accounts of women in leadership roles, and clarifying notes in Galatians 5:13–18 would correct the reading lens … Continue reading

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SEARCHING THE FORMATIVE TEXTS: FREEDOM

  One of the passages in Scripture that receives a great deal of attention in supporting freedom in selecting roles is Galatians 3:26–28, which includes what some have called the pre-Pauline baptismal formula used during baptism:  “…for in Christ Jesus … Continue reading

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INTERPRETIVE PRINCIPLES AND CONCLUSION ON THE TEXT

There are three keys that will be helpful in proceeding towards the most accurate interpretation and understanding of these texts. First, there is no worthwhile evidence which suggests that the two different texts represent instructions for separate assemblies—Paul was, in … Continue reading

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INTERPRETING THE TEXTS

There is no shortage of possibilities that have already been offered and argued concerning this problem. The purpose of this essay is not to add to that list. Without additional information coming to light, it seems clear that the full … Continue reading

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SEARCHING THE FORMATIVE TEXTS: RESTRICTIONS

Two of the preeminent texts on this issue—1 Corinthians 11:4-16 and 14:34-35 (which, along with 1 Timothy 2:11-14, are the primary texts which restrict women in their and activity in the church—particularly in public leadership roles).  Regarding the context and … Continue reading

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Churches Are Like Families

  Church’s are like families.  Not necessarily a comforting thought. In “How Your Church Family Works,” Peter L. Steinke describes how all families, be it a congregation or a home, works with the reality of anxiety. As Steinke observes, “Put people … Continue reading

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