Re-thinking the “Silence” of Women in 1 Cor 14

Jesus Creed | 10/23/2019 | Staff
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Since the disputed verse (14:34) comes in the middle of a discussion about church prophecy, I have the whole context in the NRSV:

1Cor. 14:26 What should be done then, my friends? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn; and let one interpret. 28 But if there is no one to interpret, let them be silent in church and speak to themselves and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. 30 If a revelation is made to someone else sitting nearby, let the first person be silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged. 32 And the spirits of prophets are subject to the prophets, 33 for God is a God not of disorder but of peace.

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37 Anyone who claims to be a prophet, or to have spiritual powers, must acknowledge that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord. 38 Anyone who does not recognize this is not to be recognized. 39 So, my friends, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues; 40 but all things should be done decently and in order.

And now to Bartlett, who begins with a few important, cautionary observations. This discussion, which engages some with Grudem, reminds of the opening to some of Lucy Peppiatt’s stuff where she shows the complications in a text.

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1. Verses 34—35 form a unit, separate from verse 33. Verse 33 should not be split into two and partly joined onto verse 34...
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