Item description for What Paul Really Said About Women: The Apostle's Liberating Views on Equality in Marriage, Leadership, and Love by John T. Bristow...
Overview Reassesses the message of Paul's epistles, arguing that his philosophies were more egalitarian than is commonly thought
Publishers Description Reassesses the message of Paul's epistles, arguing that his philosophies were more egalitarian than is commonly thought.
Community Description This book covers several topics including where the idea that women are inferior to men began. You will learn about new roles for husbands and wives. You will see the concept of women as leaders in the church as well as Educating women. Other topics include the question of dress and hairstyles, whether or not celibacy is holy, and slandered apostle. This book also examines specific Greek words in presenting the information, which are transliterated, and so this educational book can be used by those who do not know Greek.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.01" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1991
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0060610638 ISBN13 9780060610630
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Oh, the Freedom... Sep 1, 2006
I admit, Paul was not a particular favorite of mine when I first read his words about women. I've believed in equality between the sexes for a long time now, but it was not until I came across this book that I discovered that Paul may actually have agreed with me on several important points. Bristow, God bless him, is a pastor who dared to look beyond the degrading shroud several churches still throw on women and seek the truth that contradicted all he had been taught. This book wonderfully presents not only Paul's words in their original meaning (before all the mistranslations) but examines several sexist viewpoints on women that have been around for a long time and are revealed to actually be contradictory of each other. I cannot thank Bristow enough for his wonderfully refreshing and freeing book, which offers knowledge and evidence about equality ordained by God and will challenge any who still insist on keeping women under men. There are, sadly, still such people around; one person who claimed this book is false recommended almost every garbage book encouraging female spiritual bondage that I can think of and said that "obey still means obey" and "submit still means submit". Sure, unless "obey" was used only in mistranslation and never really applied to women in the first place. Also, Christ talks about MUTUAL submission between the sexes, so the argument that it's only for women falls flat on its face even without this book. I recommend this treasure to everyone! If you have never known how to accept Christ's gift of freedom and equality, this book can help you. Oh, and Paul...my apologies :)
What Paul Really Said About Women Sep 24, 2005
A somewhat ponderous read but packed with insight. Highly recommended to all.
A Good Start Nov 5, 2004
This is not a long book, but a refreshing view on something that has been held to be the truth for a long time. I like how he is not "stuck" on being right, and isnt full of himself insisting it to be so. He has one view of the word "kephale" that is an interesting read. One thing that needs to be done though, is not to get stuck on those verses that we all get stuck on. like the "have authority over a man" verse. There are other verses in the Bible that are not often discussed or pointed out that also wieghs on the side of equality for women. Like Junia being an Apostle. Does that not by default mean that she taught men? The Bible has been mostly translated until recently by those that assume that women are inferior to men, you can't exactly take those lenses off when doing your work. No matter what lenses you wear. I think that this book is a good starting point to those that want to study this issue extensively. Its a basic read and an easy one. If you want to get into it more, then try a new one called "Discovering Biblical Equality". And to be fair, the other side of the coin is "Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood." The truth is our experiences are subjective and both sides are convinced we are in the right. You must live with what you know. If you can live with and truly believe that women are not to teach men and are not equals and you are happy with that in your marriage and church... well more power to you. If you are not happy with the status quo, and its never felt right with your spirit, then exploring with an open mind is always a good thing.
Turnabout is fair play Sep 12, 2004
Although I consider the Bible the inspired word of God, I have never been one to surrender my own thought processes and accept without question the interpretations of others, nor do I buy the dogma of translational inerrancy.
Many fundamental Protestants have used the study of the Bible in the context of its history to demonstrate fallacies or heresies in Roman Catholic doctrine and the Vulgate used to support them, yet they refuse to analyze the KJV in that same critical light. Bristow, a Disciples of Christ minister, accomplishes this by several means, including identifying Aristotelian philosophies that concur with the unChristian attitudes toward women, while at the same time examining the fine distinctions among Koiný words whose coarse English translations coincide, due to the relative sparsity of the latter language, particularly with respect to the word "love."
He also lays to rest the passage about women remaining silent by placing it in the context of the Corinthian church, where women previously unaccustomed to being permitted to worship among men were unaccustomed to the solemnity and used to chatter amongst each other. I've read a number of other reviews, and I can easily detect the stubbornness of those who see, yet still will not believe a more rational explanation.
Life changing! Jan 15, 2004
This book presents a researched view of certain biblical passages that are used to support the opinion that women are made to submit to men. Although Bristow presents the evidence along with his opinion and personal stories, he does not go so far as to proclaim that his book offers the only possible answer. Since this book discusses theology, which is opinion of the bible, that is to his credit. The case he builds is a strong one. This book is NOT revising scripture any more than a more traditional view did before it became popular enough to be considered truth.
Although I enjoyed reading this book and agree with the basic ideas, I think it is important to read this book along with other books. It is after all best to develop informed opinions instead of assuming you are right:)