Session 5 Preparation Questions - Paul, the Created Order and the Role of
Women in the Church (Part 1)
Read I Timothy 2:8 15 (concentrate on verses 13 15). In this
session we will explore Pauls use of the narrative in Genesis 1 - 3 to
back his argument for instructions to women regarding their role in the church.
During a later session we will return to Pauls specific injunctions regarding
the role of women in the church in I Timothy 2:8 12.
Consider the following questions:
- Is I Timothy 2:13 15 the critical New Testament passage regarding
the role of women in the church? Many have said it is the passage by which
all other passages regarding the role of women in the church must be interpreted.
If so, why? If not, why?
- Is Paul speaking of public worship or all situations in which Christian
women and men are gathered together in I Timothy 2:8 - 15? What are your reasons
for your answer?
- Is Paul dealing with a specific problem in Ephesus? If so, is I Timothy
2:11 13 part of the response to the specific problem or is it the declaration
of a general theology? What are the reasons for your answer?
- What is the significance of Paul using the phrases I urge
and I want
in the second chapter of I Timothy compared to
Here is a trustworthy saying
(I Timothy 3:1) or The
Spirit clearly says
(I Timothy 4:1)?
- Is Paul referring to the relationship between men and women or to the relationship
between husbands and wives in this passage? The Greek words aner and gyne
used in this passage can either refer to men and women or husbands and wives.
- Is Paul using analogy to make an argument specific to the church in Ephesus
or is he reminding Timothy of a general Biblical truth? Consider two accounts
of Rahab in the New Testament as possible examples of the use of analogy.
(Hebrews 11:31 and James 2:25)
- What do you believe was happening in the church in Ephesus that leads Paul
to write I Timothy 2:8 15? Many believe a specific heresy had crept
into the church in Ephesus. Can you find evidence in the letter for a specific
heresy? If so, what is that evidence? If not, what do you believe was the
problem in the church? Depending upon your interpretation of the problem in
Ephesus, how does the problem relate to I Timothy 2:8 15?
- Are women in general more likely to be deceived than men? Is this what
Paul is writing?
- Is Paul referring to Genesis 2, to Genesis 3 or to both in I Timothy 2:11
- If you do not find evidence of the establishment of male spiritual leadership
in Genesis 2, how do you explain Pauls statements regarding Genesis
in I Timothy 2:11 13?
- Do you find evidence in the creation narratives (Genesis 1 3) that
the woman was deceived but not the man? Are there other passages of scripture
which suggest that man was deceived as well?
- What do you think Paul means when he writes women will be kept safe