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Did Paul forbid women to teach?
|Paul excluded women from
teaching and presiding in the assembly. Through this, he established a
permanent norm - which excludes women from the priestly ministry.
Inter Insigniores § 9 - 12
Paul distinguished between his female co-workers and male colleagues in the ministry.
No need to blame Paul!
Yes, Paul imposed prohibitions on women which were inspired by local custom. For instance, he wanted them to wear a veil during prayer sessions:
1 Corinthians 11, 2-16.
In such texts Paul sometimes rationalised, that is: he used popular arguments that do not contain doctrinal teaching.
|Christs ministerial priesthood
derives from us becoming his priests through baptism.
Well, Paul taught the fundamental equality of men and women in Christ through baptism: Galatians 3, 27-28.
|It is true that some disciples of
Paul forbade women to teach. But this was only to meet the specific needs of
their community. The prohibition does not apply to the whole future Church as a
Read: 1 Timothy 2, 1-12 and
1 Corinthians14, 34-35 .
valid distinction can be made between two alleged categories among Pauls
co-workers: those in true ministries and those not. And Paul clearly counted
women among his co-workers.
Read: Bernadette Brooten.
Scripture texts can mislead if we do not understand them properly.
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