A Biblical Understanding of Women in Ministry: An Investigation of I Timothy 2:8-15

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Charles A. Gieschen


One of the continuing hotbeds of debate affecting a broad spectrum of denominations during the last half century has been the nature and scope of leadership roles open to women within the church. The questions raised are legion, e.g.: Is it appropriate for a woman to preach the Word of God or to lead in worship? Can she serve as a deacon or teach an adult Bible class? Can she administer the sacraments or be ordained into the pastoral office? What exactly is the role of women in the church? Who can say for sure?


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