Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Best single chapter on the Ministry of Women in the Church

I just came across the single best chapter on the role of women in the church last week. Edmund P. Clowney has written The Church in InterVarsity Press’s Contours of Christian Theology Series. While I haven’t read the whole book, nor do I agree with all his conclusions at the end of the chapter on women in the church, I do think he has written a clear and concise statement defending the tradition of all churches from 1950 back to the beginning of time.

Here is a sample:

Paul finds in the Genesis creation account God’s order for the relation of the sexes. He takes note of the creation of Adam in the image of God. Adam himself bears God’s image; he does not bring only half of the image into his marriage with Eve. Paul’s emphasis on Adam as the image-bearer points to Christ as the final Image-Bearer (1 Cor. 15:49; 2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15; 3:10; cf. Rom 5:14, 19). Paul also affirms that Eve bears the full image of God, for she came from Adam and shares the divine image that is the glory of Adam (Gn. 1:27; 1 Cor. 15:48-49). (Clowney, 218)
This is just a taste, but the whole discussion gets much better. Unlike so many commenting on the key passages today, Clowney shows clearly how the curse given to Eve continues today and is decisive for this issue.

Highly recommend this book for this one chapter alone.

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