Sunday Morning Greek Blog

September 20, 2011

HUB Week 4:

Filed under: Biblical Studies — Scott Stocking @ 10:45 pm

Learning Outcome:

Interpret a difficult passage of Scripture using some of the principles you have learned in class.

This week, we will look at 1 Timothy 2:9–12. Here is the passage from the NIV and NLT:

(NIV) I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes,p
10 but with good deeds,q appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

11 A womana should learn in quietness and full submission.r
12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;b she must be quiet.s

(NLT) And I want women to be modest in their appearance.* They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. 10 For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.

11 Women should learn quietly and submissively. 12 I do not let women teach men or have authority over them.* Let them listen quietly.


Here are some other Scriptures we’ll be looking at as background for our study of this passage:

1 Timothy 3:11

1 Timothy 5:11–14

1 Corinthians 14:34–35

1 Corinthians 11:5

Acts 18:26

Romans 16:7

Judges 4–5

Greek background:

The word for “have authority” (αὐθεντέω authenteō) in 1 Timothy 2:12 is not found anywhere else in Scripture. When Paul and other biblical writers speak of authority, they usually use the word ἐξουσία (exousia), as Paul does several times in 1 Corinthians 9 and 11. What do you think Paul is implying about the authority he doesn’t want a woman to have over a man by using a different word than normal?

I hope that’s enough to chew on. Sorry it’s late, but had a busy weekend.

Scott Stocking

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks see you Wednesday!!

    Comment by steve goldapp — September 27, 2011 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

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