Part 82 I was asked this past week about a woman’s role in Bible study. The role of woman in the church has been an area of heated discussion for many years. Everyone has been given a role by God, and all Christians must understand their role and rejoice to be active in their role. No Christian has the right to act outside of their divinely designated role by God (1 Cor. 12:12-14). I was asked by e-mail, “Is it wrong for a woman to speak in a Bible class?” The individual that made the inquiry is a woman and has examined 1 Corinthians 14:34,35 and 1 Timothy 2:11,12 to command that a woman must be in silent during worship and a Bible class. Let us read the aforementioned verses. “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence” (1 Tim. 2:11,12). “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church” (1 Cor. 14:34,35). I asked three questions in response to this discussion to better understand how the individual was reading and applying the text. (1) “Do you read 1 Corinthians 14:34,35 and 1 Timothy 2:11,12 as being in the same context?” (2) “Was it possible in the first century for a woman to prophesy and sing in the church without usurping authority over a man?” (3) “Do you consider talking to your parents or friends about this topic a Bible study? If not, what is it?”

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