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An easy–to–read but compelling look at the Bible passages we find difficult to understand and apply when it comes to knowing how God wants Christian men and women to relate, particularly in the church and in the home.
Claire Smith has studied this subject over many years and this accessible yet thorough look at relevant passages of Scripture allows the Bible to set the agenda on matters that are often determined by the views of modern Western cultures. There is an excellent chapter on the abuse of authority and power (including physical abuse).
This book is useful for:
• Anyone in Christian ministry.
• Anyone who has never taken a good look at passages like 1 Timothy 2, 1 Corinthians 11 and 14, and Ephesians 5.
• Anyone who is not sure why they have come to the particular view they have on these texts, or is not sure what their view is.
• Anyone who wants to make sure the Bible is the highest authority in all of life.
Claire tackles the often perceived ‘too hard’ passages in the Bible about the identity and roles of men and women. She is convincing in her conclusion that the creation of men and women as opposite sexes is exactly God’s good design. She clearly addresses the controversial issues in 1 Tim 2; 1 Cor 11, 14; Eph 5; 1 Pet 3; Gen 1–3 and Prov 31. The book concentrates on the biblical texts and goes into significant depth without shying away from controversies over certain concepts or words, such as, ‘submission’ or the authority of men in the church and the family. This book helps us to sharpen our tools in response to the multitude of arguments against God’s good design for men and women. It could be a good book to read through one–to–one, in a reading group, or a bible study group. Claire is an experienced writer and Bible teacher and this book is a compilation of her talks she gave at women’s conventions. However, this book is highly recommended to everyone, both men and women, as it confronts current trends that threaten this foundational teaching which has led to current church and societal crises.
A must read for all Christian folk. Claire Smith moves the debate about men and women back to the Bible, where it belongs. The subtitle, "What the Bible really says about men and women" is an honest assessment of what Smith achieves. This is a book you can trust because it seeks to explain what the Bible says. Enough said. Buy it.
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