Sunday, September 30, 2007
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Thursday, September 27, 2007
First, “head” is not used to signify “rule over” or “have authority over,” although it clearly is used on occasion with regard to people who rule and have authority. It is sometimes used to indicate a differential in these qualities. ... The head is figuratively the summit, not a body part that controls or rules the body.
Second, I believe there are actually three ways the metaphor is employed in the New Testament based on three different ways of perceiving a physical head. We can view the physical head in terms of function, representation, and elevation. ...
The supporting evidence for this position is in his previous posts in the series.Michael intends to continue the series by applying this understanding of the “head” metaphor to the New Testament passages where the metaphor is used, including (if his series index is accurate concerning future posts) those which are relevant to the complegalitarian debate.
Michael also reminds us his readers of his interesting earlier observations about charis “grace” in the ancient Greco-Roman world as patronage conveying status to the one bestowing it; indeed he defines it as
a process where you did something for someone so significant they could not possibly repay you. You became the patron and the recipient of your gift became your client. ... Status was measured by how big a pyramid of clients you had established for yourself.
Michael shows how God's grace is in some ways similar to this, but also fundamentally different in that the world's concept of status was completely inverted. He concludes by noting that
I believe this inversion of status plays prominently in some head metaphor passages in the New Testament.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Personally, I subscribe to the egalitarian model. I have a beautiful wife who compliments me so wonderfully. Her strengths are my biggest weaknesses. Our marriage works beautifully.Later he asks and answers a critically important question:
Also I support that Woman can hold a leadership role in the Church. I affirm that ministerial authority is based upon a person’s character, calling and giftedness, not his or her gender. These Biblical text are writing to a particular context.
So this raises the question of: Well, so do we get to pick and choose what scriptures apply for today?
No. The notion of "Smorgasbord Christian"---a Christian selecting what truth applies to them, is a bit extreme. One interprets scripture according to the author's intent, the historical background, and context all in light of the entire Biblical context. Always extrapolate a truth from a set of verses, then compare and contrast it to the theme of the entire Bible while asking the question of: Does this align to the Spirit of God? Is this truth covered with Love?
This blog was initially created to be a place where discussions beginning on the Better Bibles Blog could be taken when they move from a central focus on how to improve English Bible versions, including passages which discuss issues of concern to egalitarians and complementarians. Of course, discussions can originate here, as well.