My Grove booklet Women and Authority: the key biblical texts is now available (after a small printing hiccup!) from the Grove website.
My final conclusion was a reflection on the process of engaging with these texts:
“On a personal note, engaging again with these texts has been a challenging and transforming experience for me. I have come to this task with experience of a number of different theological traditions, including Roman Catholic and Free Church, and have been engaged in conversation across the views within the Church of England.
But as I have spent time considering these texts in detail over the last 18 months, I have been struck afresh by the radically egalitarian and counter-cultural nature of what Scripture says about gender, and the challenge to the church to be constantly reformed and reshaped by Scripture’s perspective, even if that means letting go of cherished traditions of interpretation.”
You can find some other extracts under the category ‘Women and authority’ on the right.
I would be interested to here comments from readers of the booklet and suggestions for revision, disagreements, or things you would like me to expand on.