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Product Details

  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: St Vladimirs Seminary Pr (December 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961854561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961854560
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

About the Author

A french Orthodox theologian, teacher at St. Sergius Seminary for over 40 years on Orthodox Spirituality. The leading Orthodox woman at meetings with Christians and others throughout the world on issues of women and their relationship to the Church. Behr-Sigel, now over 90 years old, continues to write and lecture on this and other important issues.

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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Mazis on December 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Elisabeth Behr-Sigel's "The Ministry of Women in the Church" must be read by all Christians interested in the role and status of women in the Church today. This important book - written by a female Orthodox theologian - brilliantly analyses the role and status of women today in the Orthodox Church - within the context of the feminist movement that has transformed western society. Behr-Sigel correctly states that in spite of the challenges feminism has posed to contemporary society, as well as many western churches, the woman's issue has yet to be raised in the Orthodox Church, partly due to the indifference many men and women show towards the issue. Certainly many aspects of the womens' movement must be criticized by Orthodox Christians, but to ignore it is absolute 'folly'.
The Orthodox Church, as Behr-Sigel points out, seems to believe that women are content with the role that both nature and Tradition has given them. But what nature is this, Behr-Sigel asks? Is it the broken and torn nature of the fall or the new creation in Christ? This question is at the heart of Behr-Sigels' argument.
Behr-Sigel explains that when she first came into the Orthodox Church from her Protestant traditon, she was shocked by the fact that the Church still held Old Testament taboos on women. She saw contradiction and tension between the freedom women have in Christ and a patriarchal and clerical institution that has condemned women into silence.Although the feminist movement has challenged the traditional and misogynist attitude towards women, the Orthodox Church still avoids the issue by hiding behind the Virgin Mary as an example of why the Orthodox Church is not anti-feminist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Kovacs on June 29, 2013
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Based on my experience of Orthodox parishes and monasteries in America
(I can't speak beyond that), the amazing Elisabeth Behr-Sigel would be
pleased at the partnership of men and women in the Church. She would also
be surprised at certain things which are *NON* issues in the parishes of my
acquaintance. There is an absolute absence of the idea of women's "impurity"
when it comes to the monthly cycle and childbearing, which was a great concern
of hers. Likewise, there is no interest in a female diaconate or priesthood --
not because women are regarded as inferior, far from it -- but because the
sacramental nature of the clergy is fully understood. We know that changing
the male clergy is something that would change the very nature of the Faith
delivered to the Saints. Moreover, the royal priesthood of all believers
is alive and well. As Father Lawrence Farley said in his recently published
book "Feminism and Tradition", the priest's role -- in addition to the sacramental
one -- is to serve as the facilitator for everyone else's vocation in the Church.
His book serves as a beautiful and definitive answer to Behr-Sigel's thoughtful
concerns regarding the future of the Orthodox Church she so loved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherief Rezkalla on May 7, 2012
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one of the best books on the subject, and a foundation for the different sexes from an orthodox perspective.
very good theological and ontological explanation of the matter
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By Steven J Rhudy on July 7, 2014
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