Scripture: Romans 16:1-16
Dr. Jay examines the role of women in the early church by looking at the end of Paul’s letter to the Romans. In it he greets and thanks many women and men who are Christian leaders. He looks at verses Dr. Jay says scholars and preachers have used to clobber other people and silence them, or demean them by using the scriptures to accuse them of sinning. He offers some principles in Bible interpretation and will look at passages that seem to contradict one another – what do we do with them? Why has the church history been dominated by male leadership? How can progressive Christians understand this history of Bible interpretation?