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Women in the Church: Reclaiming the Ideal
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"For conservative churches continuing to seek the middle ground between radical feminism on the one hand and an unhealthy patriarchalism on the other, it is useful to discuss existing options. Radical feminism and patriarchalism fail to survive biblical and sociological analysis. Egalitarianism and hierarchal complementarianism must be critiqued in terms of their biblical basis and sociological viability...
"Because this book has been out of print for some time and numerous people have urged that it be reprinted, this second edition, subtitled Reclaiming the Ideal, provides an opportunity to make a few corrections. It also provides an opportunity to respond to several constructive remarks made regarding the earlier volume. Since that study, the second volume of Essays on Women in Earliest Christianity has come into print and readers will profit from several references to significant studies in that volume..." -from the Preface to the 2nd edition
Dr. Carroll D. Osburn holds a B.A., M.Th. and M.A. from Harding University and Graduate School of Religion, a D.Div. from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. After teaching in the graduate school at Harding and chairing the Department of Religious Studies at Pepperdine University, he accepted the position of Charmichael-Walling Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Abeline Christian University, which he held with distinction for 17 years.
In 2004, Dr. Osburn took early retirement as a university professor and began work with the Caris Foundation. Caris is a non-profit organization established to aid impoverished people by providing basic needs such as medical, housing, nutrition, and welfare. In doing so, the foundation collaborates with existing local entities that understand their community and can implement solutions that are culturally relevant and sustainable.
An internationally respected biblical scholar, Osburn continues as co-editor of the Greek New Testament project at the University of Muenster, Germany. Equally at home in Texas or primitive jungle huts, he volunteered for three decades as a Greek translation consultant to Bible translators working among pre-literate people in Guatemala, the headwaters of the Amazon, and Native American reservations. He assisted in resolving difficult linguistic and cultural problems encountered in translating the biblical text into tribal languages. He also developed a keen sensitivity to humanitarian needs in Third World situations.
"I warmly commend this gracious and conciliatory study by Caroll Osburn. The great strengths of this important study are its careful and balanced discussions of biblical authority and hermeneutics; its very helpful survey of the intra-Evangelical debates over the place of women in the Church; its up-to-date, thorough and sound treatment of 1 Timothy 2; and above all, its strong affirmation of the equal partnership of women and men in the Church and its mission. Osburn's book is an enlightening gift to the conservative Church." -David M. Scholer, Fuller Theological Seminary
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