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Unpublished Paper
What Did Paul Really Mean? A Study of Paul’s View of Women in the Church
  • Steve Curtis
The issue of the role of women in church leadership has become increasingly divisive in modern evangelicalism and has seen strident propagation of polar opposite positions. While many arguments for or against women leadership in the church begin with Old Testament narratives or with the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ interaction with women, all such arguments must, eventually, interact with the writings of the apostle Paul in this regard. Some, of course, dismiss the authenticity (and, therefore, the authority) of much of the Pauline corpus; however, this paper assumes an audience with an orthodox doctrine of the authority of the entire Protestant canon. Consequently, this study will forego many of the other biblical texts often brought to bear on this topic and will, rather, focus on the issue solely from Paul’s perspective. Thus, this paper will examine the relevant passages in Paul’s theology and demonstrate that the apostle understood gender roles to be inextricably connected to leadership: first in the home and then in the church.
  • women,
  • leadership,
  • pastors,
  • complemetarian,
  • egalitarian
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Steve Curtis. "What Did Paul Really Mean? A Study of Paul’s View of Women in the Church" (2010)
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