Before we conclude that this passage is “clear” we must consider the limitations of our English translations.The most problematic issue is the rendering of the verb authentein as authority.
Here are a few to consider: Doctrine should not be built on a hapax legomenon (a word that occurs only once in an author’s writings or a text).
When a word is only used once it is difficult, if not impossible, to infer the writer’s meaning, since there are no other examples of word usage to compare.
Each group then created a poster summarizing their discussion to share with the larger group.
My favorite poster was one that showed stick figure men and women climbing a “stairway to heaven”, so to speak.
permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;[b] she must be quiet. And Adam was not the one who was deceived, it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.
But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety. Last spring a group of 40 women and men met to share our “theologies of women” and to talk in small groups about the messages we hear about gender roles and a woman’s place in the church.
They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm…” (1 Tim 1:3-4, -7).
Keener notes that while these false teachers were most likely men, much of the spreading of the false teaching was through women in the congregation.
It was a beautiful depiction of the body of Christ working together.