Man & Woman

February 3rd
2010
written by phil

David R. Booth from Balcatta, Western Australia, asked for help in assessing what he has been taught about “Adam’s Federal Headship” in Romans 5. (more…)

February 3rd
2010
written by phil

I was greatly encouraged to receive emails from David R. Booth from Balcatta, Western Australia, sharing how my book helped to change his views from his previous complementarian position:

“Thank you so much for your book, Man and Woman, One in Christ. I have found it a most challenging and edifying read. From the purely exegetical perspective I think your book is the best I have read to date and certainly places the onus on  the ‘complementarian’ camp to refute. (more…)

January 15th
2010
written by phil

I found the following reviews of Man and Woman, One in Christ in respected blogs. Scot McKnight, Jesus Creed, writes, “Simply put, this is the most technically proficient study ever published on women in the Pauline texts.” (more…)

January 14th
2010
written by phil

At the New Testament Textual Criticism Seminar of the Society of Biblical Literature meeting November 21, 2009 Peter Head presented a paper entitled, “The Marginalia of Codex Vaticanus: Putting the Distigmai in their Place.” This paper argued that all of the Vaticanus Distigmai should be dated to the sixteenth century and were penned by Juan Gines de Sepulveda. The famous aphorism derived from H. L. Mencken aptly describes Head’s thesis: “For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.”

I have written a response to Peter Head and updated it several times.

The latest update is available in the March 17, 2010 post.

January 14th
2010
written by phil
 To view the location, verse reference, and variant type of each of the 51 distigmai that match the apricot color of Codex Vaticanus’s original ink, click here.
January 14th
2010
written by phil

 

So you don’t have to just imagine what the distigme-obelus symbol looks like just before 1 Cor 14:34-35, I have provided photographs of it and another distigme-obelus at the end of Luke 14:24 just before the interpolation that likewise would have occurred immediately after the end of the line marked by the distigme-obelus or at the very beginning of the following line, namely the interpolation  between Luke 14:24 and Luke 14:25, “many are called but few are chosen,” which is not  in the RSV, nor is it mentioned in an RSV footnote). Below both of these distigme-obelus photographs are photographs of other shorter horizontal bars called paragraphoi from that same page. To see these photographs, click here. (more…)

January 4th
2010
written by phil

I received this question from Don Johnson, who is reading my book.

Question: I am enjoying your book. I love your exposition of Eph 5. I have a question on 1 Cor 14. Before reading your book, I favored the idea that 1 Cor 14:34-35 is a quote from legalists at Corinth. The way I taught this is “the law/Torah says” is a ref. to the so-called Oral Torah of the Pharisees, which does limit women; and the 2 eta’s (sometimes translated as “or” but which I translate as “Bunk!”) in v. 36 which can be expletives of repudiation, per Nyland’s The Source New Testament (which she translates as “Utter Rubbish”) and others likewise.

Answer:  Thanks for your thoughtful question. The repudiation of a false prophecy interpretation of 1 Cor 14:34-35 is, I believe, the most credible of the many attempted interpretations of these two verses viewed as a part of Paul’s original letter delivered to the church in Corinth. For a while I was a proponent of this view after I realized the anachronism of trying to interpret in a narrow sense the thrice-repeated unqualified prohibition of speech by women in 1 Cor 14:34-35. That was before I looked closely at the text critical question and realized how powerful the arguments for interpolation are. (more…)

November 30th
2009
written by Phil

Nancy and I had many happy reunions with good friends at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature in New Orleans Nov. 17-23. Scores of people were absolutely delighted to be able at last to buy Man and Woman, One in Christ at the Linguist’s Software exhibits. 

Phil with his Zondervan editor Verlyn Verbrugge (on the left)

Phil with his Zondervan editor Verlyn Verbrugge

Zondervan had a huge eight foot tall banner/poster of my book where they sold many more of my book at their exhibits. Christians for Biblical Equality also sold many and displayed a poster of the book at their booth.

 A highlight at ETS was my presentation of a paper: “The Codex Vaticanus Distigmai as Evidence that 1 Cor 14:34-35 is an Interpolation.” The feedback was universally positive.

 I enjoyed seeing old friends at the Tyndale House (Cambridge, England) breakfast, the Gordon-Conwell breakfast and Sunday worship, the Zondervan author breakfast and lunch. I also had fascinating discussions at the Linguist’s Software booth, and enjoyed dinners with special friends.

November 12th
2009
written by Phil

The first two are crucial studies for understanding Paul’s teaching regarding slavery.

The first gives twelve reasons to understand 1 Corinthians 7:21-23 as an encouragement for slaves to gain freedom if they can. These factors are crucial because some people have interpreted Paul as discouraging slaves from gaining their freedom and has been used to support slavery.

The second shows how Paul applies maximum social pressure on Philemon to free his slave Onesimus.

These two articles support the understanding of Galatians 3:28 argued in my book that in Christ there is no special privilege given to slave over free or to male over female. These studies show that Paul in practice undermines the slave/free dichotomy.

The third is a critique of Preston T. Massey’s article in New Testament Studies 53 (2007): 502-523. Massey states five conclusions regarding the meaning of “covered” in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. His article cites passages that contradict each of his five conclusions. He is unwarranted in concluding that “covering” implies a garment.

To see or download these studies, in the red box at the top of this page click on Publications, then click on Supplemental Studies.

November 10th
2009
written by phil

840 copies of Man and Woman, One in Christ were delivered to our office November 9, and we have already supplied over 70 to people who ordered them. Your signed copy is awaiting your order ($17.75 instead of the Zondervan price of $29.99)  at our secure order form. Just fill in the order form and click on either Windows Products or Macintosh Products and select Man and Woman Book from the alphabetically-ordered list. Under “Choose one of the Following Shipping Options” select from the bottom of the list either Media Mail or Airmail.

November 3rd
2009
written by Phil

My book has arrived from Zondervan!

My book has arrived from Zondervan!

My book just arrived from Zondervan! This is only the publisher’s courtesy copy, but I should be receiving books in quantity within a week.

November 2nd
2009
written by phil

I just uploaded a revised preliminary bibliography for my book Man and Woman, One in Christ. I am still revising it, and changes will be uploaded within a week.

October 19th
2009
written by Phil

I will be at the ETS and SBL annual meetings in New Orleans in November. The Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting is Nov 18-20, and the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting is Nov 21-24. At the ETS Annual Meeting I will read a paper on “Codex Vaticanus Distigmai as Evidence that 1 Cor 14:34-35 is an Interpolation” Thursday at 8:30 AM in the Waterbury Ballroom (2nd floor, Sheraton).

At both meetings I will be selling signed copies of my new book Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters, for only $14.99 (retail is $29.99).

At ETS I will be at booth 617, and at SBL I will be at booth 440. Please drop by and see me.

October 16th
2009
written by Phil

I have turned Commenting on so you may respond to my posts. I moderate and may edit your comments.

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October 12th
2009
written by Phil

Greetings! Welcome to my new site. I will soon be posting the complete bibliography for my book Man and Woman, One in Christ, to be published by Zondervan in the coming weeks. I will also be posting additional material not available in the book, plus discussing new topics related to the book. Please visit often. Be sure to subscribe to my RSS feed in the upper right corner.

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