“The viper known as ‘the doctrine of male authority' has bitten the church,” says pastor and author Wade Burleson in the forward of Jon Zens’ book, What’s With Paul and Women?. Zens claims the church is leading the way in the suppression of women and has traditionally used 1 Timothy 2:12 as a way to do it. But he is convinced the scriptures do not support the practice. He writes, “This bottom-rung status of women in the post-apostolic age did not emerge because of a careful study of scripture.”
The gender bias with which 1 Timothy Chapter Two has been translated and subsequently handled by commentators becomes clear as Zens gently reasons with his readers to grasp what the passage (in the original language and within the context of the community to which it was written) really says.
In, What’s With Paul and Women? Zens presents an insightful, Biblical, interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:12, and his commentary on the rest of the chapter is certainly deserving of consideration from serious students of the Bible.