Making an Educated Choice: Conflicting Interpretations of the Creation Narratives

 By Elizabeth Goodine

 Any Biblically based position regarding the relationship of men and women under God must inevitably rest on interpretation of the texts dealing with the creation of human beings, that is, on Genesis 1 & 2. While much of the argumentation over proper roles for women and men in the Church revolves around writings of Paul -- with those who prefer differentiation of roles focusing on texts such as 1 Corinthians 11 & 14 and those favoring equal roles emphasizing Galatians 3 -- those arguments build on, and thus ultimately rest on, an assumed understanding of the creation narrative. Thus, in order to make one's own educated choice in regard to these interpretations (referred to here as the "complementary" view and the "egalitarian" view), it is critical to first understand how proponents of each position interpret the Genesis texts....continue reading

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