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Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy Paperback – August 25, 2005
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About the Author
Rebecca Merrill Groothuis is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Women Caught in the Conflict: The Culture War Between Traditionalism and Feminism and Good News for Women: A Biblical Picture of Gender Equality.
Gordon D. Fee (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has written several books and commentaries, including Listening to the Spirit in the Text, God's Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul, New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors and commentaries on 1 Corinthians and Philippians (NICNT) and the Pastoral Epistles (NIBC).
Top Customer Reviews
I ended up ordering about 10-12 books explaining egalitarian views, and while some were good, I found *this* book to be wonderful. The chapters handled Bible passages and complementarian/patriarchal arguments with clarity and, always, with a deep scholarly bent. I think I appreciated the footnotes as much as the actual text, and many chapters ended up being "jumping off" points that introduced me to topics I would then study in more depth. In short, I can't recommend the book enough.
Even if a reader ends up disagreeing, he/she will at least gain an accurate understanding of Scriptural backing for why egalitarians don't see male hierarchy as God's ideal. I've heard comp's teach "what egal's believe" often, but rarely do they accurately portray egalitarian thought. Many of the things I'd been *told* egals believe were corrected as I read this book.
The book is not a "novel" but more like a textbook (ie, not for someone looking for a "light read," but rather for study), though I found the writing style to be engaging and highly interesting. If the study of gender and faith is one of interest, this is a book that is a "must-have" in your library.
The book's chapter "Equal in Being; Unequal in Role" is worth the money alone in that it delivers a devastating blow to the nonsensical paradigm of "complementarianism." Richard Hess also delivers a fine chapter on "innocence and equality before the fall." William Webb introduces the important "redemptive movement" hermeneutic that is beautifully applied by I. Howard Marshall, and Gordon Fee graces us with his exegetical gifts in delineating the right meaning of Galatians 3:26-28. Not only so, but the ethical chapters on homosexuality, abortion, and abuse are outstanding.
To be sure, there are some weaknesses. Linda Belleville's chapter on 1 Timothy 2:11-15 is helpful at points, but doesn't fully deal with all the issues raised by Kostenberger et al. Giles' Trinitarian thinking is in the right direction, but is triumphalistic and ignores some important facts. However, the books is a winsome apology for the vision of "complementarity without hierarchy" that honors the humanity of both sexes sufficiently and harmoniously.
As for the book itself...
The first chapters on history are fantastic discussions that show that the Egalitarian Movement is *pre*-feminism and has roots going back much much farther into history.
The exegesis chapters are rich - the one on Genesis 1-3 thoroughly puts its corresponding chapter in _Rediscovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood_ in its place for the inadequate and at times contradictory exegesis that it was.
The chapter on 1 Tim 2 is also great, but Belville took an unusual approach - I'd say the most enlightening part of the chapter though is the *extremely* clear bias in how post-1940s translations deal with authentein. It puts the whole chapter into perspective. There's simply no lexical or semantic basis for the translation, "excercise authority" that data cannot support such a conclusion.
Rebecca Merrill Groothuis' philosophical chapter is a complex but quite accurate criticism of the problems of associating the Trinity to marriage. The responses I've read of her chapter have clearly not understood its point.
Finally the chapters practical significance are incredibly helpful and were a blessing to read both for myself and for my wife.
All in all, the book is an important and excellent read that I would recommend again and again.
"This book is born of the conviction that both the world and the church urgently need to hear and take to heart the message of biblical equality, because it is at once true, logical, biblical and beneficial..." (taken from the Introduction).
Key Phrases: biblical egalitarians, mutuality, evangelical patriarchy, 1 Timothy 2, partnership, authority, submission (see "tags" below...)
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Amazing book full of such wisdom and amazing history. Love it.Published 1 month ago by Amber Picota
This is a compilation of scholarly articles written by theologically sound teachers. I would recommend this to anybody who is searching for the truth concerning men's and women's... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jesper26Momma
Excellent scholarship. The serious student of the Bible should study this book to understand how the Bible supports equality of men and women without a heirarchial relationship. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Larry Gulleen
The book looked new and exactly what I expected, thanks!Published 19 months ago by nataliya mikhaylova
The great irony of the exegesis of this book is its treatment of texts. When the text favors complementarians, the authors say the text is either not geniune, or applies only to... Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Cosmas
I had hoped to find a book that had good, Biblical hermeneutics for my church's (and other's) interpretation on women in ministry. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by none of your biss
Thank you very much. I cetainly will look forward to doing more business with you in the near future. JoanPublished on May 9, 2013 by Joan Crane
I dont typically do reviews but this book answered so many questions for me. Ive always struggled with those well known controversial passages in the Bible about women, but in... Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by lily
No matter your previous position, if you are interested in the topic of women and their place and role in the kingdom of God, this is a collection of essays that must be dealt... Read morePublished on February 25, 2012 by Michael A. Edsall