Two Views on Women in Ministry Essay

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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


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
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Using a lexical and contextual analysis on the Greek word ezer (Genesis 2:18-20), Bellevue is able to show that the notion of subordination is not implied with this word. Bellevue also shows the fallacy of the other three passages (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:2-23; and 2:23) using the same forms of analysis. When looking at Genesis 3:16b, part of God’s curse on women, Bellevue sees this as the fallen condition in which male rule is established and human nature will follow suit. The second part of Bellevue’s essay considers the different ministerial roles for women in the Old and New Testaments and including the post-apostolic period. Bellevue goes on to develop these concepts in the third part of her essay by looking at the individual women leaders in the Old and New Testaments and the leadership roles of women in the early church. In the fourth part of this essay, Bellevue discusses the issue of women and authority from a biblical perspective mostly by analyzing the word “authority” as it is used by traditionalist to support their point of view. Using the interpretive principle of considering the historical situation in the fifth and sixth part of her essay along with an in-depth lexical analysis of several words, Bellevue analyzes what she considers to be the five main passages used by traditionalist to defend the limits that they have placed on women in ministry. Bellevue concludes that “the real crux of the

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