The female elders (Titus 2:3)


Tell the women elders

To be reverent

In behavior,

Not to be


Nor slaves to drink.

They are to teach

What is good.”

πρεσβύτιδας ὡσαύτως ἐν καταστήματι ἱεροπρεπεῖς, μὴ διαβόλους μηδὲ οἴνῳ πολλῷ δεδουλωμένας, καλοδιδασκάλους

Paul said, “Likewise (ὡσαύτως), tell the women elders (πρεσβύτιδας) to be reverent in behavior (ἐν καταστήματι ἱεροπρεπεῖς), not to be slanderers (μὴ διαβόλους) nor slaves to drink (μηδὲ οἴνῳ πολλῷ δεδουλωμένας).  They are to teach what is good (καλοδιδασκάλους).”  Only this letter to Titus used this word πρεσβύτιδας, that means an aged or old woman, as well as the word καταστήματι, that means demeanor, behavior, conduct, or deportment, and the word that means reverent or suitable to a sacred character, and the word καλοδιδασκάλους, that means a teacher of good, noble, or honorable things.  This is the only use of the female term for presbyters (πρεσβύτιδας) in the canonical New Testament works.  These older women should have a reverent behavior as if they were female priests or presbyters.  Of course, they should not be slanders nor drunkards.  What is interesting is the comment that they should teach what is good, as if they had teaching role in the young emerging Christian communities.  Do you know elder women who are good teachers?

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