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Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: How the Church Needs to Rediscover Her Purpose
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|Title: Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: How the Church Needs to Rediscover Her Purpose|
By: Aimee Byrd
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2020
|Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 X 1.04 (inches)|
Weight: 8 ounces
Stock No: WW0108719
While evangelicalism dukes it out about who can be church leaders, the rest of the 98% of us need to be well equipped to see where we fit in God's household and why that matters. Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is a resource to help church leaders improve the culture of their church and disciple men and women in their flock to read, understand, and apply Scripture to our lives in the church. Until both men and women grow in their understanding of their relationship to Scripture, there will continue to be tension between the sexes in the church. Church leaders need to be engaged in thoughtful critique of the biblical manhood and womanhood movement and the effects it has on their congregation.
Do men and women benefit equally from God's word? Are they equally responsible in sharpening one another in the faith and passing it down to the next generation? While radical feminists claim that the Bible is a hopelessly patriarchal construction by powerful men that oppresses women, evangelical churches simply reinforce this teaching when we constantly separate men and women, customizing women's resources and studies according to a culturally based understanding of roles. Do we need men's Bibles and women's Bibles, or can the one, holy Bible guide us all? Is the Bible, God's word, so male-centered and authored that women need to create their own resources to relate to it? No! And in it, we also learn from women. Women play an active role as witnesses to the faith, passing it on to the new generations.
This book explores the feminine voice in Scripture as synergistic with the dominant male voice. Through the women, we often get the story behind the story--take Ruth for example, or the birth of Christ through the perspective of Mary and Elizabeth in Luke. Aimee fortifies churches in a biblical understanding of brotherhood and sisterhood in God's household and the necessity of learning from one another in studying God's word.
The troubling teaching under the rubric of "biblical manhood and womanhood" has thrived with the help of popular Biblicist interpretive methods. And Biblicist interpretive methods ironically flourish in our individualistic culture that works against the "traditional values" of family and community that the biblical manhood and womanhood movement is trying to uphold. This book helps to correct Biblicist trends in the church today, affirming that we do not read God's word alone, we read it within our interpretive covenant communities--our churches. Our relationship with God's word affects our relationship with God's people, and vice versa. The church is the school of Christ, commissioned to discipleship. The responsibility of every believer, men and women together, is being active and equal participants in and witnesses to the faith--the tradents of faith.
Aimee Byrd is author, speaker, blogger, podcaster, and former coffee shop owner. Aimee is author of several books, including Housewife Theologian (P&R, 2013), Theological Fitness (P&R, 2015), No Little Women (P&R, 2016), and Why Cant We Be Friends? (P&R, 2018). Her articles have appeared in First Things, Table Talk, Modern Reformation, By Faith, New Horizons, Ordained Servant, Harvest USA, and Credo Magazine and she has been interviewed and quoted in Christianity Today and The Atlantic. She is the cohost of Mortification of Spin podcast for The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and regularly blogs there as well. Aimee and her husband have three children and reside in Brunswick, Maryland.
'The biblical-manhood-and-womanhood movement has generated more heat than light because it has failed to recognize that its own pet theories of manhood and womanhood derive more from black-and-white TV of the 1950s--think of Timmy's mom and dad in Lassie--than from the Bible. What makes this obvious are the many studies on what it was like to be a man or a woman in the time of Barak and Deborah, Ruth and David, or the Syrophoenician woman and Jesus, or Priscilla and Paul in their Greco-Roman world. We now know that the so-called manhood-and-womanhood movement is a set of cultural ideas imposed on the Bible itself. Byrd offers here enduring wisdom and wit about how we as Christians ought to relate to one another as 'coed colaborers.'' -- SCOT MCKNIGHT, professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
'With a deep reverence for Scripture and a sincere search for truth, Aimee Byrd peels back the layers of culturally informed teachings on gender that keep both women and men from flourishing in Christ and in relationship with each other. This is the book that Christians who have been misled by popular notions of biblical manhood and womanhood--but who still believe that maleness and femaleness are meaningful categories in the church, home, and society--have been waiting for.' -- KATELYN BEATY, author, A Womans Place
'Aimee Byrd has written a book that will impact the church-and-gender conversation for years to come. Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood doesn't only expose the emptiness of so-called 'biblical manhood and womanhood' teaching, it presents a vision of true Christian complementarity defined by empowered women, sibling love, and union with Christ. Saturated in Scripture and rooted in a strong theological tradition, this is the book that Aimee has been working toward for years. I thank God that it's here.' -- MARCOS ORTEGA, assistant pastor, Goodwill Church (EPC), founder of Reformed Margins and cohost of the Family Discussion podcast
'I am not a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I have a prediction. Many people who haven't read Aimee Byrd's book will praise her for positions she does not hold and criticize her for things she does not believe. But let's hope I'm wrong. Why? Because it would be wonderful if all of us might listen attentively to a sister who is calling all believers--women and men--to grow in their love of Scripture even as she asks us to recognize our blind spots and problematic assumptions. Here is an author who cares deeply that our worship is biblical, trinitarian, and consistently leading to and promoting a holy communion of the saints.' -- KELLY M. KAPIC, author of The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story
'After years of vigorous and insightful interaction, egalitarians and complementarians today have too often retreated to their own tribes, even setting up requirements for membership unlike any in the history of the church. Fortunately, there are also several recent writers who defy simplistic categorization or labeling, who are calling on the church to consider new and healthy directions with respect to just what the Bible does and doesn't teach about being faithful Christian women and men. Aimee Byrd is one of these writers, and people from every perspective on the topic can learn much from her study of Scripture and of history as well as her personal experience.' -- CRAIG L. BLOMBERG, distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary
'If there is a slippery subject in the church today, it's 'biblical manhood and womanhood.' We're confused by the disagreements, constricted by the 'rules,' and seemingly helpless to discern what's true. This is why Aimee Byrd's book is so important. Wading through the cultural murkiness, Byrd returns us to Scripture with theological rigor. I celebrate her strong voice and urgent plea to recover a better vision--for the good of the family and the church.' -- JEN POLLOCK MICHEL, award-winning author of Surprised by Paradox and Keeping Place
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