1 Timothy 2:8-15 — “Patriarchy” – contemporary Westerners consider that word synonymous with oppressive, misogynistic attitudes. Increasingly, people associate it with the Bible, whose contents build on an extensive narrative featuring patriarchs. That connection strengthens when one considers comments made by the apostle Paul, a figure whose influence in shaping the church is exceeded only by Jesus. Consider:
“Women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.” – 1 Corinthians 14:34
“Wives, submit to your husbands, as to the Lord” – Ephesians 5:22
“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.” – 1 Timothy 2:11-12
Cultural understandings intersect with the Bible to raise tough questions like, “Doesn’t Christianity denigrate women?” This lesson will consider that challenging question as part of an ongoing series exploring tough questions confronting Christianity.