Because Christianity is bigger than Biblical manhood or Biblical womanhood (Blog of Retha Faurie)

Myth: “You could simply read “I am not allowing a woman to teach or have authority over a man” on face value.”

The much-debated, hard-to-translate 1 Tim 2:11-15 raises more questions than it answers.

> Is “I am not allowing” Paul’s personal opinion, or should a command from God be read behind it?

> To those who know Greek tenses, it seems to be better understood as a temporary statement (I am not currently allowing/ I am not allowing it at the moment), not a permanent one like the English face value reader may assume. But then, for what time period is “I am not allowing” meant?

> Do “a woman” and “a man” refer to a particular woman and man Paul knew, or to everyone? (The answer sounds obvious from your English language assumptions, but what you believe may not be true in Greek. And Paul wrote this in koine Greek.)

Compare: “I saw a woman smoking a cigarette on the sidewalk”. (A woman = one woman)
“A woman should not smoke.” (A woman = all women/ any woman)

The latter is a peculiarity of English, not the literal meaning of “a woman”. When Paul says in Greek “a woman should not teach”, should we assume he uses the English meaning by which “a woman” is “all women“? I think not.

> What does the word, used only once in the Bible, translated as “have authority” really mean? Seduction/ having authority/ doing violence to/ usurping authority which is not yours/ and claiming you made something have all been suggested as possible meanings.

Verse15 proves that the passage simply cannot be taken on face value: Women are not saved, in the usual Bible sense of the word, by childbearing. That is simply anti-gospel.

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