An examination of 1 Timothy 2:11-15, the NT passage often used to support the establishment of a gender-based hierarchy.
In the 1st century, in spite of stringent restrictions on women in society, Christians found ways for women to pray and prophesy in their community.
Jesus pushes against the typical prejudices and practices of his time. And in this regard, Jesus’ interactions with women stand out within his culture.
Distinguishing male and female is necessary in some circumstances, but a hierarchy of worth or value based on that distinction cannot be defended from the Bible.
Often the Bible’s teaching is complex, subtle, and even ambiguous — for longtime believers as well as for new believers.
In this time of #metoo and #churchtoo, nothing is more important than the words our Creator God about male and female.