I Commend to You Our Sister Phoebe: Paul and the Status of Women in the Church
'Paul has been much maligned for his many criticisms of women. He is often seen as the primal male chauvinist, responsible for the anti-female attitude of Christianity.
My aim is not to exonerate Paul.
My aim is to find out why – why did Paul occasionally find it necessary to downgrade women in some congregations?
What I hope to show is that in fact, Paul’s attitude to women varied from congregation to congregation, from area to area within the Roman Empire. I believe Paul did not have a consistent structure for male-female status and roles in the church as a whole.
If I am right, then we have been wrong in universalising Paul’s statements about women in the letters he addressed to particular congregations in particular social and religious
settings.' Ross Saunders.
Published by Stavroula Saunders, 2017.
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