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I Suffer Not a Woman: Rethinking I Timothy 2:11-15 in Light of Ancient Evidence [Paperback]

By Richard Kroeger (Author) & Catherine Clark Kroeger (Author)
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I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. --1 Timothy 2:12 KJV This passage troubles those who desire greater leadership roles for women in ministry but who also want to remain loyal to Scripture. Did Paul forbid a woman to exercise her leadership and teaching gifts, or was he dealing with a particular error in the church? According to I Suffer Not a Woman, Paul was reacting to a specific problem that was sweeping churches: a myth, taught mostly by women, which later became a foundation for gnosticism. This book offers an in-depth look at the Greek text of 1 Timothy 2:11-15 in the context of the Pastoral Epistles and in its historical context. By illuminating the first-century culture of Ephesus, the Kroegers shed light on the ancient world thought patterns Paul faced and offer a responsible alternative understanding of this much debated passage. I Suffer Not a Woman is well documented yet easily accessible. Illustrations and photographs provide a fascinating look at the ancient world. It was previously published by Baker in 1992.

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Solid scriptural evidence and a close look at historical context refute the traditional interpretation used to bar women from leadership.

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Studio: Baker Academic
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 5, 2012
Publisher   Baker Academic
Age  18
Edition  New  
ISBN  0801052505  
ISBN13  9780801052507  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Richard Clark Kroeger is a retired pastor and college professor. Catherine Clark Kroeger is founder and president emerita of Christians for Biblical Equality and is an adjunct professor of classical and ministry studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The Kroegers founded the Institute for Lay Training.

Richard Kroeger currently resides in Brewster, in the state of Massachusetts.

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I Suffer Not a Woman  May 19, 2007
Just what I am looking for to help me understand Gods Word in light of
1 Timothy 2:11-15.
An Excellent Study of 1 Tim 2:11-15  Nov 28, 2005
The study this book takes on is one of the most difficult in Scripture regarding gender and one of the most difficult for most churches in general. All of the restrictions placed on women in most Christian churches originate from just two places in the NT: 1 Cor 14:32-35 and 1 Tim 2:11-15. Those two sets of verses have resulted in a theological position over 1900 years that has restricted women to the point that in some "ultra-conservative churches" they cannot even read aloud from the Bible in a class room setting in the presence of men. Understanding the issues and problems along with a basic understanding of Greek word useage, the Roman/Greek customs and laws, and the outside influences on the Christian churches of the 1st Century is an absolute necessity in order to be 1st Century Christians in a 21st Century environment. It is a diffucult undertaking to say the least. The Kroeger's have done an excellent job in this book of researching the background of 1 Tim 2:11-15 and have shown that there are many misconceptions, misunderstandings, and a general lack of knowledge and historical perspective regarding the Greek language of 2000 years ago and how it changed over time, the customs of the Roman empire at the time the Apostle Paul wrote 1 Timothy, the problems that the church in Ephesus was facing with pagan religions and Gnosticism taking hold of the Christians at Ephesus, and why the women were more prone to be misled by Gnostic beliefs and then try to pass on those erroneous beliefs. Those women had to be silenced for a time to prevent the church in Ephesus from falling totally into the Gnostic beliefs that were prevelent in Ephesus at the time.

This book will also enlighten the reader in the history of the pagan beliefs in Ephesus, Gnosticism, and how Gnosticism grew out of these beliefs. That part of the study alone makes this book worth purchasing. Also, the study of the Greek word "authentien" makes this book an exceptional value for the money and a permanent addition to any library. "Authentien" is probably the key word in 1 Tim 2:11-15, and without a good understanding of all of its various useages and meanings and how its useage changed over time, one cannot come close to understanding the problems that have risen over the years regarding the proper translation of the sentence in which the Apostle Paul used the word, the only time it is used in the entire NT.

I highly recommend this book! It should be a must read for anyone who really wants to do in-depth study on 1 Tim 2:11-15 and it is especially valuable for anyone interested in studying gender issues in the modern church. It is very well written, very well researched, and very well documented. The Kroegers have published one of the best studies I have ever read on this subject.

Along with this book, I would highly recommend reading the following books: "Paul, Women, and Wives: Marriage and Women's Ministry in the Letters of Paul" by Craig S. Keener, "Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis" by William J. Webb, "Women in the Church: Reclaiming the Ideal" by Carroll Osburn, "Deacons: Male and Female" by J. Stephen Sandifer, and "Men and Women in the Church" by Sarah Sumner.
Better not disagree with Kroeger...or else!  Sep 30, 2005
If you are not a feminist or sympathetic to modern revisions of scripture to suit contemporary fads, then you won't like this poorly researched screed. Whoever disagrees gets to wear the appointed titles/descriptions Kroeger and his wife choose, like "traditionalists," or "those who justify the abuse of women by citing Scripture" (p. 38), or the abusive powermongers who possess "a monopolistic attitude" (p. 93). The council for biblical manhood & womanhood have a fine review of all the factual and doctinal errors which are contained in this book. Check it out on their website, because even if you are an 'open-minded' egalitarian you will find it informative to know how your view is sometimes caricatured.
Very Freeing  Apr 16, 2004
I found this to be a very fresh and scholarly look at some very difficult scriptures. This book did an excellent job of uncovering some of the prejuidices and errors that have been misread into these scriptures. I am a very conservative scholar myself and some explanations would not be acceptable. However the Kroegers have used solid hermenuetics and I found their research very complete. I would also recommend Charles Trombley's book "Who Said a Woman Can't Teach". I do not recommend "Women in Ministry" as was recommended by another reviewer of Kroeger's book. The viewpoints espoused in that book are very negative towards women and very traditional.

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