Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Women and a Synagogue Prayer

I came across an interesting quote about women in the church on the NT Wright page from a paper entitled, "Women’s Service in the Church: The Biblical Basis"

Remember the synagogue prayer in which the man who prays thanks God that he has not made him a Gentile, a slave or a woman – at which point the women in the congregation would [thank] God ‘that you have made me according to your will’. I think Paul is deliberately marking out the family of Abraham reformed in the Messiah as a people who cannot pray that prayer, since within this family these distinctions are now irrelevant.

2 comments:

Justin Jenkins said...

Do you have any further thoughts about this?

Or perhaps about the use of Gune/Aner in 1 Corinthians, should it be the “man” as head or the “husband” as head?

Also I wonder how he would feel about ... :) http://justinjenkins.blogspot.com/2005/11/womans-torah.html

Mowens said...

I was wondering if you think it is legitimate to affirm this quotation AND also affirm distinctions in gender roles?