Role of Women

Overview

The Brooks Avenue Church of Christ has undertaken a study of the role of women in the church. This topic has become increasingly of interest and increasingly controversial in churches of Christ in recent years. The goals of this study are as follows:

  • To review the relevant passages of scripture related to the role of women in the church, both Old and New Testaments.
  • To study these scriptures generally within a range of two perspectives currently prevalent within churches of Christ.
    • The traditional church of Christ hermeneutic of command, example and necessary inference. (Expounded by F. Lagard Smith and colleagues)
    • The “new” or grammatico-historical hermeneutic. (Expounded by Carroll Osburn and colleagues)
  • To determine the overt message of the writers of the relevant scriptures.
  • To explore the relevant scriptures within their historical context, such as the role of women in Israel and the Greco-Roman empire.
  • To reflect upon these scriptures in light of current attitudes and controversies regarding the role of women in the church.

The notes available here were prepared for persons attending the class and serve as a background for understanding the range of views on this topic and their scriptural basis, as the various topics listed in the outline are discussed in class. These notes do not represent the official views of the elders or staff of the Brooks Avenue congregation.

These notes were developed by Dan Blazer and may be used freely for any purpose.

An extensive list of references is available.

A zip archive of all PDF documents is available.

01 - Introduction
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0203 - The Created Order and the Role of Women in the Church
   (Gen. 1-3)
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04 - The Created Order and the Role of Women in the Church
   (Gal. 3:28)
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05 - The Created Order and the Role of Women in the Church (Part 1)
   (I Timothy 2:8-15)
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06 - The Created Order and the Role of Women in the Church (Part 2)
   (I Corinthians 11:7–10)
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07 - "True Womanhood" and the Work of Women in the Church (Part 1)
   (Proverbs 31)
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08 - "True Womanhood" and the Work of Women in the Church (Part 2)
   (I Timothy 5:3–16; Titus 2:3–5)
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09 - Jesus, the Samaritan Woman, and Breaking Cultural Barriers
   (Jn. 4:1-42)
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10 - The Relationship of Husbands and Wives in Christ
   (Eph. 5:21-33; Col. 3: 18, 19; Pet. 3:1-7)
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11 - Phoebe and the Role of Women as Deaconesses in the Church
   (Rom. 16:1, 2; I Tim. 3:11)
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12 - Priscilla (Prisca) and the Role of Women as Teachers of Men
   (Acts 18:1-3, 18-22, 26-28; I Cor. 16:19; Romans 16:3-5; II Tim. 4:19; II Tim. 1:1-5)
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13 - Wives, Women and Propriety in Worship
   (I Cor. 11:2-16)
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14 - Women and Silence during the Assembly. (Part 1)
   (I Corinthians 14: 34, 35)
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15 - Women and Silence During the Assembly (Part 2)
   (I Timothy 2:7–12)
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