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Should women serve as ordained ministers?

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I received my MA at Talbot School of Theology, and I am currently working on my PhD at Asbury Theological Seminary. Both are vibrant, evangelical communities. At Talbot, however, most people object to the ordination of women, while at Asbury, most people support the ordination of women.

My experience in both communities has taught me that there are two pitfalls to avoid in this discussion. On the one hand, it is a mistake to think that those who support the ordination of women do so because they reject the authority of Scripture. On the other hand, it is a mistake to think that those who object to the ordination of women do so because they are bigots.

The simple fact of the matter is that, in contrast to issues such as same-sex marriage, the Scripture is rather unclear on the subject of the ordination of women. Thus Christians who desire nothing more than obedience to Scripture may hold different views.

For what it’s worth, here is my take on the matter.

The NT on Women in Ministry

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LOEB Index of "Epistles" by Seneca

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The LOEB digital library is an indispensable resource for the study of the Greco-Roman world. However, the search function does not allow one to look up a particular passage. I am therefore creating indexes which allow readers to jump to any chapter.

Instructions:
1) Click on a chapter in the table below.
2) Click on "show results within."
3) Click on the only page that appears.

Important note: The LOEB digital library requires a subscription, but your university’s library probably has one. In order to use these links, you will therefore need to set up Zotero to redirect you through your library’s proxy. This is easy to do; just follow the steps below. If you have any problems, leave a comment, and I will try to help.
1) Install Zotero with the Chrome/Firefox extension. 2) Access the LOEB website through your university’s library website. (ATS students click here.) 3) Zotero will sense that you are accessing LOEB through a proxy and ask if you want to automatically redirec…

LOEB Index of "Jewish War" by Josephus

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The LOEB digital library is an indispensable resource for the study of the Greco-Roman world. However, the search function does not allow one to look up a particular passage. I am therefore creating indexes which allow readers to jump to any chapter.

Instructions:
1) Click on a chapter in the table below.
2) Click on "show results within."
3) Click on the only page that appears.

Important note: The LOEB digital library requires a subscription, but your university’s library probably has one. In order to use these links, you will therefore need to set up Zotero to redirect you through your library’s proxy. This is easy to do; just follow the steps below. If you have any problems, leave a comment, and I will try to help.
1) Install Zotero with the Chrome/Firefox extension. 2) Access the LOEB website through your university’s library website. (ATS students click here.) 3) Zotero will sense that you are accessing LOEB through a proxy and ask if you want to automatically redirec…