Women learn in silence (1 Tim. 2:11)

“Let a woman

Learn

In silence

With full submission.”

Γυνὴ ἐν ἡσυχίᾳ μανθανέτω ἐν πάσῃ ὑποταγῇ·

Paul said, “Let a woman (Γυνὴ) learn (μανθανέτω) in silence (ἐν ἡσυχίᾳ) with full submission (ἐν πάσῃ ὑποταγῇ).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ὑποταγῇ, that means subjection, submission, or obedience.  Paul now turned to the more submissive women.  He wanted the women to learn about Jesus Christ.  However, they had to do it in silence with full submission.  There was nothing about silence and full submission when it came to men, only the women had to do this, a clear distinction that was supposedly gone in Galatians, chapter 3:28, “There is no longer male (οὐκ ἔνι ἄρσεν) or female (καὶ θῆλυ).  You are all one (πάντες γὰρ ὑμεῖς εἷς ἐστε) in Christ Jesus (ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ).”  However, it was in line with 1 Corinthians, chapter 14, “Women should be silent in the churches (αἱ γυναῖκες ἐν ταῖς ἐκκλησίαις σιγάτωσαν).  They are not permitted to speak (οὐ γὰρ ἐπιτρέπεται αὐταῖς λαλεῖν).  But they should be subordinate (ἀλλὰ ὑποτασσέσθωσαν), as the law also says (καθὼς καὶ ὁ νόμος λέγει).”  Clearly, women were to play a subordinate role as they had in the ancient Jewish worship services.  Do you think that women should be silent and submissive?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.