ON 1 TIMOTHY 2: 9-15: WHY STILL INTERPRET ‘IRREDEEMABLE’ BIBLICAL TEXTS?
AbstractIn this article attention is paid to 1 Timothy 2:9-15 within its historical-cultural context and to the history of interpretation of this passage. In this way the human contexts and reasons for the nature and immense influence of this passage are exposed. Apart from its patriarchal roots and of the patriarchal cultures in which this text was interpreted for the greatest part of its existence, its history of influence closely cohered with the view of the Bible as an authoritative book and answer book. It is argued that, in order to deal with issues pertaining to women and other contemporary matters in a more meaningful and humane way, a different view of the Bible and a different view of our relation to our Christian past is necessary.
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