How dangerous is the bible be dangerous? It may not be a subject we often think about, but it’s important to consider what happens when we use wrong principles for interpreting the Bible.
Today on Advent Next, we are discussing “hermeneutics,” a fancy word that simply means, “bible study methods.” We will discuss where we often go wrong when attempting to tackle difficult passages without the right framework. Peter described the writings of Paul as "hard to be understood." He even went so far as to warn that some people misinterpret his writings and wrestle with these passages to their “own destruction.”
So just how dangerous is wrong bible study methods? Today, we have invited Dr. Martin Hannah Professor of Christian Theology at Andrews University to discuss hermeneutics, or bible study methods, along with his article, “Men and Women in Church Order.”
In continuing our research on the topic of women and ordination and female pastors in the church, we wanted to include someone whose research has explored the question of whether or the not the New Testament is using non-exclusive gender-neutral principles for passages that people often mistake as gender-specific. When it comes to the issue of women and ordination these passages can be especially helpful when discussing leadership roles within the church.
The Bible sanctioned place for female pastors and women in church leadership is a question with which many denominations are struggling. Difficult passages in the New Testament such as, "Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says," are often cause for contention. (1 Corinthians 14:34). Therefore, on this podcast, we are tackling this touchy topic with scholar and researcher Dr. Martin Hanna.