PJEFC LIBRARY MONTHLY BOOK REVIEW – JANUARY 2021
Rediscovering Scripture’s Vision for Women
By Lucy Peppiatt
170 pages, IVP Academic
Goodreads rating: 4.28 out of 5
The issue of women’s position in church is a long-standing discussion since the time of Apostle right up to the present. Some of our contemporary church still discourage (or forbid) women to preach, hold positions of authority, or even speak during service. Women (and minorities) have made great strides in some measure of equality in certain fields, like suffrage, education, representation in government, but not so in some congregations of believers.
What does the Bible really say about women in relation to men in the church? Most conservatives point to two passages – the creation story of Genesis 2 and Paul’s discourse on headship in 1 Corinthians 11:2-10. Peppiatt writes a persuasive book that seeks to relook into the Scripture and takes a different understanding of the traditional patriarchal and androcentric view. She starts with a macro view first – how we should not limit ourselves to understand our relationship with God and Scriptures as only male-centric only. Further on, she reviews the aforementioned two passages in Genesis and 1 Corinthians, and delves into the minefield that is Paul’s exposition of equality in marriage.
To fully appreciate this book, some basic understanding of the scripture may be helpful, including the prevalent views on the issue. The author does a remarkable job that is both approachable and compelling, and it certainly spurs further thought and study on the part of the reader.