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.


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?