Item description for Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible Says about a Woman's Place in Church and Family by Gilbert Bilezikian...
Overview An accessible examination of the key texts of Scripture pertinent to understanding female roles in family and church.
Publishers Description This first-rate biblical and theological study offers an accessible examination of the key texts of Scripture pertinent to understanding female roles, affirming full equality of the sexes in family and church. The third edition has been revised throughout. Gilbert Bilezikian avoids using scholarly jargon and complex argumentation in the main text of the book to encourage readers to interact with the biblical research. The aim is for nonspecialized readers to be able to follow his discussion step-by-step, evaluate arguments, consider alternative views, and arrive at independent conclusions. The study guide format of the book is designed for either individual investigation or group work. Pastors, church leaders, students, and those interested in issues relating to gender and church life will value this classic work on the egalitarian viewpoint.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.68" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801031532 ISBN13 9780801031533
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More About Gilbert Bilezikian
Gilbert Bilezikian (ThD, Boston University) is a professor emeritus of Wheaton College, a charter member and elder of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, and the author of Community 101.
Gilbert Bilezikian currently resides in Boston, in the state of Massachusetts.
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An Admirabal Attempt to restore God-given equality Sep 15, 2006
Bilezikian is definetly to be praised for promoting gender equality as he, and many others, believe is God's true design. Several of his arguments are very well-written and challenging, doubtless refreshing to those yearning to break free of the yokes of sexism. However, in some cases I found the book a bit heavy-handed; as much as I agree with Bilezikian's general view, he got carried away a few times and some of his statements were inaccurate. I don't agree with his idea that Adam was to blame for Eve's sin because he didn't inform her of God's warning to not eat the fruit (Eve point-blank told the serpent that God warned her of the fruit, so this couldn't be true), nor do I agree that Abraham "obeyed" Sarah by marrying Hagar. Not only is the latter statement inaccurate, but it defeats the point of marital equality that Bilezikian is trying to promote. Marital equality means NEITHER spouse should obey, so implying that the husband should is just as inaccurate as saying the wife should. I also found his extreme criticism of churches with male leadership too harsh; while I agree that men should not be placed above women, calling a church's practice monstrous because it follows a traditional method is crossing the line. As a person who has had more of her share of sexism in "Christian" teaching, I can certainly appreciate Bilezikian's passion, but many of the things he said could have been worded better and I can see why some took offense at his words. However, not all of the criticism aimed at his book is deserved. Some have said that he contradicts himself by citing Genesis, yet calling many aspects of the Old testament invalid. I believe Bilezikian was referring to societal practices in the Old Testament as being invalid, whereas his referral to Genesis had not to do with society, but with God's plan when He first created the world. If you recall, God's plan for the world and the world's practices after the Fall were two completely separate things, so Bilezikian was really not at all contradicting himself by discrediting one and supporting the other. His overall argument is certainly valid. People DO need to step into modern times and stop trying to teach women to stay beneath men; in response to someone's statement that "The sexes were created for different services; is this so terrible?" No, but sexism is, so kindly swallow it before you speak of God. Adam and Eve were created for equal rule over Eden and God's design for equality still stands today; is THAT so terrible? And to answer another's question, these liberating views of equality HAVE been discovered before; you just apparently haven't been looking for them. Perhaps you should read Christ's lessons then, because He was actually the first after the Fall to truly introduce the idea of men and women serving equally under Him. This book has many good points, but if you wish for a more in-depth study of Biblical equality, I recommend "Paul, Women and Wives" and "What Paul really said about Women" over this.
Must read Aug 1, 2006
This book is one of many which are reevaluating our gender paradigmns in the church. It draws from the author's personal study and scholarly review of other's works. It contains a rich section of more detailed notes as well as a great bibliography of other works in this arena of thought.
Many Christians have wrestled with the confining role's others have defined for them. It is refreshing to see that ongoing study continues to lead us into freedoms originally intended by the Father. These paradigms should empower God's people to be able to mature into the full stature He desires for His church.
It is a must read for anyone who is on a quest to gain better understanding of our Father's design when He expressed His image through mankind in the form of two genders.
I really wanted to be convinced but.... Feb 12, 2006
...I was disappointed. I read the book with an open mind, hoping to be convinced. I see the cultural handwriting on the wall. More & more Christian leaders will be adopting this position in the years to come out of expediency. It clearly follows the cultural current. And I wanted to jump on board too! However, my exegetical training resisted my will. Take for example, his exegesis of 1 Tim 2:11-15 on page 173 (revised edition). He seems to pull out all the stops to support an extremely implausible conclusion. Hey - why not just agree with the scholars who say that 1 Tim is not truly Pauline and be done with the text? His handling of 1 Cor 14:31-40 is quite plausible. As I read this I concluded that here is an excellent exegete who will go to just about any length to twist the scriptures to meet his pre-conceived conclusions. Again, I wanted to be convinced but in the end was disappointed. To me, in the end the reader will conclude the traditional view is still true. Even if they resist the conclusion!
Skewed as they come - WAKE UP, SMELL THE COFFEE! Nov 26, 2005
PEOPLE! Watch out for the omissions, contradictions, and the contexts in this book! Don't waste your time reading this if you have not read the entire Bible!
Although the book draws heavily from Genesis in the intro, it contains much sentiment suggesting that the Old Testament Law had been written by male pigs. This is dangerous, and clearly indicates that author does not understand OT Law or accept it as divinely inspired. But doing so will ultimately undermine Jesus' endorsement of Mosaic Law as being irrelevant. If Jesus did not legitimately endorse and fulfill Mosaic Law (ref sermon on mount), then nothing else He said or did should be accepted as significant.
Also in particular, this book does not reconcile Numbers 30 to very critical parts of "gender specific" scripture - especially regarding 1 Cor 11, 14, and Timothy and Titus. Timothy text and Titus texts are not given due consideration in this book.
This book altogether neglects the value of motherhood and its value within the church. Wasn't your mother one of the greatest influences of your entire life? Less motherhood = less influence. "Professional" ladies, single or otherwise, please write this on your day planner and chew on that one for a while as you are sipping on your double latte at Starbucks.
Finally, should you crack the book, please consider this: Before the fall, God left Adam in the garden with the instruction to not eat from the tree. The author points out that Eve was made later, and then she ate of the fruit first. The book itself even proposes that Eve was NOT given the prohibition from directly God. It only stands to reason then that Adam was left to inform Eve of God's word (Eve reveled her knowledge when tempted by the serpent). Thus, God's "pre-fall" creation order included a man who was left to instruct or correct his wife (although ANY responsibility can be abused).
Gender roles were NOT a consequence of the fall, God made men and women differently from the start to serve different purposes. Can you stomach this? Is that so terrible?
one of the strangest experiences I ever had Aug 10, 2005
Reading this book was one of the STRANGEST experiences I have ever had as a born again Christian evangelical. I started out reading this book being a man who was taught to believe in benign patriarchy, breaking ties and such.
I tossed out easily 2/3 of what the book said as not making much sense, at least to me where I was at at the time. But the remaining 1/3 I could not answer and it stewed in me. After wrestling with this 1/3 for a few weeks and praying a lot, it was like scales fell off my eyes and I jumped the fence and became a Biblical egalitarian. So my recommendation is to NOT stop reading this book, just because you come to something to disagree with, keep reading it and note the points you do NOT yet have answers for.