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About "Created Woman"
In the ongoing discussions about the status and role of women, which currently finds its focus in the debate about the ordination of women, the interpretation and application of the relevant biblical material has proved to be one of the most difficult problems to resolve. Broadly speaking, three positions have emerged. In summary they are as follows:1. The traditional position is that in creation God set the man over the woman (Gen 2). The fall distorted aspects of this hierarchical relationship but did not produce it ...2. The radical response is to agree that Genesis chapter 2 and some apostolic teaching does subordinate women to men but to argue that this strand of biblical thought is secondary ...3. The conservative response challenges the traditional position by appealing to other Scriptures and seeking a different interpretation of the key texts in the debate ...Each position has its problems ... new ground has to be broken if the debate about the status and role of women is not to be frozen in a stalemate between these three opposing, and equally difficult, alternatives.
Meet the Author
Kevin Giles (Th.D., Australian College of Theology) is vicar of St. Michael's Church (Anglican) in North Carlton, Australia. He has also served as a minister and consulting theologian for World Vision Australia. Giles has contributed numerous articles to scholarly journals, and to IVP's Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels and Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Development. He has written several books, including What on Earth Is the Church? (IVP), The Trinity and Subordinationism and Patterns of Ministry Among the First Christians (HarperCollins).