Southern African Perspectives on 1 Timothy 2:11-15


Dr Benno Zuiddam discusses 1 Timothy 2:11-15 from the opinions of scholarly Southern African professors and contemporaries. He elaborates by further discussing these views in light of the textual context of St Paul’s letter to Timothy and the patriarchal and traditional elements in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church emphasising that the verses in focus are not misogynistic, but rather aimed towards love and purity in a husband and wife relationship.

“Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.”
1 Timothy 2:11-15 (RSVCE)

In this podcast:
    • 0:18: A historical outline of interpretations on 1 Timothy 2:11-15 and how women were regarded in history.
    • 6:38: Perspectives and interpretations from South African Scholars.
    • 17:54: Why is 1 Timothy irredeemable for an egalitarian society or church? What is St Paul really saying?
    • 30:02: A Way Forward.


This presentation was part of The Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies’ 2016 Colloquium on the theme “The nature of men and women: complementary but different”, hosted in Hobart, Australia.

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