Women in the Maze
IntroductionPart 1: God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit1. Is God Masculine2. Is the Term Father for God Figurative or Literal?3. Do Jesus and the Holy Spirit have Feminine Characteristics?Part 2: Creation and Fall4. Does the Creation Account Support Male...
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IntroductionPart 1: God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit1. Is God Masculine2. Is the Term Father for God Figurative or Literal?3. Do Jesus and the Holy Spirit have Feminine Characteristics?Part 2: Creation and Fall4. Does the Creation Account Support Male Headship?5. What Was the Relationship between Adam and Eve before the Fall?6. Was Eve Responsible for the Fall into Sin?7. What Is the Significance of the "Curse" on Adam and Eve?Part 3: The Old Testament and Jewish Culture8. Is the Old Testament a Patriarchal Book?9. How Did God Work through Women in the Old Testament?10. What Glimpses of the Modern Woman Can Be Found in the Old Testament?Part 4: The New Testament and Women11. Was Jesus a Feminist?12. Did Jesus Offer Public Ministry to Women?13. What Ministry Roles Did Women Fill in the Infant Church?14. Was Paul a Chauvinist?15. Did Paul, in 1 Timothy 2, Forbid Women to Teach and have Authority?16. Did the Apostles Affirm Male Headship and Wifely Submission?Part 5: The Role of Women in Church History17. Did the Influence of Women Decline after the New Testament Era?18. Did Women Find Meaningful Ministry in Medieval Catholicism?19. Did the Reformation Open or Close Doors for Women in Ministry?20. Why Have Women Historically Founded Ministry in Sectarian Movements?21. What Can We Learn for the Role of Women in the Non-Western Church?22. How Have World Missions Affected Women's Ministries?23. Have Women Made Gains in the Church in the Twentieth Century?Part 6: Contemporary Issues24. Is the Bible a Sexist Volume?25. On What Basis Do Churches Today Deny Women in Ordination?26. Has Modern Feminism Influenced the Church?27. Does Women's Equality in the Church Negatively Affect Men?28. How Do Women Fare in Today's Church29. How Does the Women's Issue Affect Contemporary Family Life?30. How Can Gender Reconciliation Best Be Attained?ConclusionNotesBibliographyScripture IndexSubject and Name Index
Dear God Are boys better than girls? I knkow you are one, but try to be fair. That simple letter from a child, says Ruth Tucker, crystallizes the vexing debate about the role of women in the church and the world. The issues forces us to try to understand who God is, what the true abilities and responsibilities of women are, and what real equality between the sexes might look like. Children aren't the only ones who are confused. As the battle rages on, scholars can forget the basic questions women and men in the pews are asking: Is God Masculine? Was Eve responsible for the Fall? Was Jesus a feminist? Did Paul discriminate against women?
In an inviting, accessible format, this book poses dozens of questions ordinary Christians are asking. Then it responds to each briefly, practically and responsibly. Spanning from biblical times to the present, it is an essential, one volume guide on one of the most important controversies facing today's church.
Ruth A. Tucker (Ph.D., Northern Illinois University) has spent more than twenty years teaching and was the first woman to hold a faculty position at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
She is the author of many books, including From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions; Leadership Reconsidered: Becoming a Person of Influence; Daughters of the Church: Women and ministry from New Testament times to the present;God Talk; Another Gospel: Cults, Alternative Religions, and the New Age Movement; Parade of Faith: A Biographical History of the Christian Church, and Walking Away from Faith.
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