Exegetical Paper on 1 Timothy 2

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Exegetical Paper on 1 Timothy 2.9-15

1 Timothy 2:9-15
9 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire,

10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness— with good works.

11Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness.

12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.

13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve;

14and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.

15Yet she will be saved through childbearing— if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

First Timothy 2:9-15 is from the pastoral epistle 1 Timothy in which Paul gives corrective instruction to Timothy regarding the structure of the worship service for the church in Ephesus. This passage is frequently discussed with regards to church structure and is particularly raised in opposition to women holding the office of pastor or elder. It is a key passage in the debate between complementarianism, which argues that men and women are of equal intrinsic worth before God but should have complementary roles in the church and in society, and egalitarianism, which argues for no institutional distinctions between men and women. Although a common assumption has been that an egalitarian interpretation promotes liberal feminist agendas, an egalitarian interpretation of 1 Tim 2:9-15 is not necessarily an unbiblical or liberal interpretation. This can be shown through a consistent hermeneutical approach to interpreting the text that upholds the inspiration, authority and inerrancy of scripture whilst giving strong hermeneutical…...

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