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#10 - Should husbands - and not wives - be the ones ministering to their spouses?

by Robert Nguyen Cramer

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Question/insight #10: "I have a correspondence going with an inmate... He is going to a Bible study group and they have pointed out that the Bible says husbands should minister to their wives and have some passages that indicate it can not be the other way around. He wants to know if there is some passage that would allow women to teach and preach..." (4/11/98)

Response #10: I just arrived back a few minutes ago. Without doing any further research at this moment, I immediately thought of Priscilla and Aquila, a husband and wife evangelical team. You might like to begin by reading the article in the Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible on "Aquilla and Priscilla." Also you might also find interesting/helpful an excerpt from Hans Conzelmann's commentary on 1Co 14:33-36, which is available at:

The limitations on women found in the Pastoral Epistles and in Ephesian are considered by many modern scholars not to have been written by Paul but rather written by one of Paul's students or by one of his student's students as late as 115 AD.

See also "women" at for links to other webpages that document the role of women in the early Christian church.


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