Re-citing Question (25):
" When bacholar Paul told women to be quite in church and always do what their husbands say, was he really speaking for God--and to women throughout all time ? "
" Hear the word of the Lord, from Paul " in the quotations given below:
" Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak.... And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home, for it is shameful for women to speak in church.... The things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. "
" 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, 37 NKJV "
" Let a woman learn in silence with all submission, And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over man, but to be in silence. "
" 1 Timothy 2:11-12 NKJV "
" Those words that Paul wrote in two letters are why many churches refuse to ordain women ministers--churches like the Southern Baptists, America's largest Protestant group. "
" Christians who say Paul was talking about all women in all churches for all time generally insist that men and women are equal in God's sight, but that they have different roles to fill in the church: Men do the talking in public, and women hold down the home front and help at church in supporting roles. But women don't preach. And they do not teach men in Sunday school classes.
" Scholars call this the complementary view because men and women complement each other to get the job done."
" Some women today don't seem to feel the complement. "
" " Even though many churches today say they welcom the idea of women ministers, few hire them. A male minister leads nine out of every ten churches in the United States. "
I do recall once I attended a Sunday mas of a church in Amman, Jordan. And while the head-priest was reading from a Bible which was rested on clothed stand, while some women were talking to each other in the rear section of the hall of the church. Apparently, the head-priest could no longer take it, he shouted across the hall and in Arabic: " Khaleena ensali, ya niswan " meaning: " let us pray, O' you women. " I felt bursting in laughter, but some how managed suppressing the urge to laugh aloud.
It seems to me now, and after reading Paul's writings about women talking in churches, the Jordanian head-priest was only emulating what Paul had written centuries ago. Amazing.