About Philip B. Payne Man and Woman, One in Christ Philip B. Payne, and the cover of his latest book, Man and Woman, One in Christ
March 21st
written by phil

Preston Sprinkle invited one female and one male scholar to present a biblical defense of the complementarian (Sydney Park and Gerry Breshears) and egalitarian (Cynthia Long Westfall and me) views at the Theology in the Raw Symposium on Women in Leadership in Boise, Idaho March 23.

Click HERE to see my 20-minute talk that distills my last 50 years of research that changed my mind regarding four key objections to women in leadership and HERE to download my PowerPoint to your downloads folder.

I argue that Paul usually uses “head” to convey “source,” not male headship, that 1 Timothy 2:12 addresses a crisis of false teaching in Ephesus—where some women had followed after Satan—by prohibiting women from seizing authority to teach a man, that Paul encourages all believers to aspire to the office of overseer in 1 Timothy 3:1, and that external and internal evidence shows that 1 Corinthians 14:34–35 was not in Paul’s original letter.


  1. 03/25/2023

    Thank you for your years of work!

    Do you have a citation for where “one woman man” appears on inscriptions or in literature outside the Pastorals?


  2. 03/25/2023

    According to Lucien Deiss, notes to the French Bible, the TOB, Edition Intégrale, this Greek idiom “woman of one man” or “man of one woman” was used in Asia Minor, on both Jewish and pagan gravestone inscriptions, to designate a woman or a man, who was faithful to his or her spouse in a way characterized by “a particularly fervent conjugal love.”

    Nicolette Lathouris. In Formam Deorum: Venus, Virtue, and Portrait Nudity. A thesis submitted to Eric Varner, Adviser, Department of Classics, the Faculty of Emory College of Arts and Sciences of Emory University in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors, 2018
    p. 10 “Statius expresses admiration for Priscilla’s status as an univera, or woman of one man. … the fact that Priscilla was previously wed before Abascantus does not deter from Statius’ praise of her devotion to her husband. ‘Your birth was splendid, your aspect pleasing as a husband could desire, but greater the dignity came from yourself – to know one bed only, to cherish one flame.’ (Statius, Silvae, 5.1.53-56). In this way, Statius points out … Priscilla’s … marital commitment to Abascantus.”

  3. 03/25/2023

    Thank you for your reply and the references. Much appreciated

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