Friday, April 13, 2012

Ben Witherington on Women in Ministry

Women and ministry is still a hot topic in some circles. Some do not think women can fully participate in all aspects of ordained ministry. Others think women have the same abilities and giftings as men and should be allowed to fully participate in all aspects of ministry.

One New Testament scholar who falls decidedly on the side of allowing women to minister is Ben Witherington III. His Ph.D. thesis at Durham University is still one of the best treatments on the topic. In the two clips below Witherington looks at the topic from two directions. In the first clip he looks as the role of women in the first century. In the second clip he examines the modern debate over women in ministry with a focus on 1 Corinthians 14 and 1 Timothy 2.

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