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Women in the Church:
An Analysis and Application of 1 Timothy 2:9-15

Andreas Kostenberger and Thomas Schreiner (Baker, 2005)

Blurb Review by Dr David Gibson


This book is an extremely detailed study of what is one of the most important – and contested – passages on the question of women in ministry: 1 Timothy 2:9-15. It consists of a series of different essays which all treat different aspects of the text: background, individual words, particular sentences, hermeneutical approaches, and application. The version referred to here is the second edition and it contains a number of substantial improvements over its 1995 predecessor, although even then this book became the most definitive exegetical study of the passage. As D. A. Carson says: ‘In an age where ideological dogmatism and sheer speculative fancy often displace sober exegesis, it is refreshing to read a book that tries to wrestle with what the text is saying without cleverly domesticating it. This substantially updated edition needs to be read by all sides in the current controversy’.



1. A Foreign World: Ephesus in the First Century (S. M. Baugh)

2. An Important Word: Authente? in 1 Timothy 2:12 (Henry Scott Baldwin)

3. A Complex Sentence: The Syntax of 1 Timothy 2:12 (Andreas J. Köstenberger)

4. An Interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:9-15: A Dialogue with Scholarship (Thomas R. Schreiner)

5. Progressive and Historic: The Hermeneutics of 1 Timothy 2:9-15 (Robert W. Yarborough)

6. What Should a Woman Do in the Church? One Woman’s Personal Reflections (Dorothy Kelley Patterson)

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