Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy

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Ronald W. Pierce, Rebecca Merrill Groothuis, Gordon D. Fee
InterVarsity Press, 2012 M11 30 - 528 pages
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Discussions surrounding the roles of men and women--whether in the church, the home or society at large--never seem to end, often generating more heat than light. Such debate is still important, though, because this issue directly affects every member of Christ's body. What we believe the Bible teaches on these matters shapes nearly all we do in the church. In addition, these questions deserve further thought and reflection because neither side has won the day. In an effort to further discussion, Ronald W. Pierce and Rebecca Merrill Groothuis (general editors), with the aid of Gordon D. Fee (contributing editor), have assembled a distinguished array of twenty-six evangelical scholars firmly committed to the authority of Scripture to explore the whole range of issues--historical, biblical, theological, hermeneutical and practical. While dispelling many of the myths surrounding biblical equality, they offer a sound, reasoned case that affirms the complementarity of the sexes without requiring a hierarchy of roles. Contributors include Ruth A. Tucker, Janette Hassey, Richard S. Hess, Linda L. Belleville, Aída Besançon Spencer, Craig S. Keener, I. Howard Marshall, Peter H. Davids, Walter L. Liefeld, Stanley J. Grenz, Kevin Giles, Roger Nicole, William J. Webb, Sulia Mason, Karen Mason, Joan Burgess Winfrey, Judith K. Balswick, Jack O. Balswick, Cynthia Neal Kimball, Mimi Haddad, Alvera Micklesen, R. K. McGregor Wright and Alice P. Mathews. Here is a fresh, positive defense of biblical equality that is at once scholarly and practical, irenic and yet spirited, up-to-date and cognizant of opposing positions.


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Comprehensive, in-depth exposition of the subject matter! What I LOVE is the HUMBLE TONE of its authors and restraint in resorting to name-calling of the opposite view (see, for example, the vitriole ... Read full review

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Judging this book by its covers, it gets the rating it deserves. I am quite familiar with this "debate", and I have read some of the materials of some of these "distinguished evangelical scholars ... Read full review


I Setting the Stage The Historical Backdrop
II Looking to Scripture The Biblical Texts
III Thinking it Through Logical and Theological Perspectives
IV Addressing the issues Hermeneutical and cultural Perspectives
V Living it Out Practical Applications
About the Contributors
Names Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index
About the Editors
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Ronald W. Pierce (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical and theological studies in the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He is the author of Partners in Marriage and Ministry.

Rebecca Merrill Groothuis is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Women Caught in the Conflict: The Culture War Between Traditionalism and Feminism and Good News for Women: A Biblical Picture of Gender Equality.

Gordon D. Fee (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has written several books and commentaries, including Listening to the Spirit in the Text, God's Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul, New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors and commentaries on 1 Corinthians and Philippians (NICNT) and the Pastoral Epistles (NIBC).

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