Two Views on Women in Ministry

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BOOK CRITIQUE of Beck, James R., ed. Two Views on Women in Ministry Revised 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005. Systematic Theology II THEO 530-B07 Fall 2012 Professor Keith Church Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary September 23, 2012 Introduction This book looks at the ever present controversial topic of women in ministry. Since the 1990’s and what has been called the “third wave of feminism,”1 men and women have been advocating gender equality in society.2 The theological implications of this have resulted with the question of whether or not limits should be placed on the leadership roles of women in the church. There are two primary views…show more content…
One weakness in her essay appears as a contradiction in her scholarly style of arguments. There are certain times where a historical background is presented to enhance her points that are not specifically mentioned in the bible, i.e. the Artemis cult8, although she cites outside sources for the information. Another weakness, I found, was the great extent of the lexical and contextual analysis and the constant criticism of what she considered the traditionalist’s main arguments. Craig S. Keener Keener uses a totally different approach to this subject than Bellevue, even though they are both have egalitarian views on women’s ministry. He admits in a note that “this essay is intended for a more general audience” because a detailed documentation for the points he is making can be found in several articles and a previously written book.9 Although claiming to be an egalitarian, he qualifies his view in this essay by the biblical prohibition of women under exceptional circumstances. This exceptional circumstance is in Paul’s letter to Timothy which addresses a specific situation of false teachers targeting women, causing disunity in the church.10 Without having to go into an in-depth analysis of scripture, Keener looks at the biblical evidence for women’s ministry and the biblical evidence possibly against women’s ministry. Keener uses the classical historical-cultural and contextual analysis in presenting his essay
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