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New life from a pastoral text of terror? : gender perspectives on God and humanity in 1 Timothy 2

dc.contributor.authorMouton, Elna, 1952-en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVan Wolde, Ellenen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-03T08:19:15Z
dc.date.available2013-07-03T08:19:15Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationMouton, E. & Van Wolde, E. 2012. New life from a pastoral text of terror? : gender perspectives on God and humanity in 1 Timothy 2. Scriptura, 111(3):583-601, doi:10.7833/111-0-38.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2305-445X (online)
dc.identifier.issn0254-1807 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.7833/111-0-38
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/81983
dc.descriptionCITATION: Mouton, E. & Van Wolde, E. 2012. New life from a pastoral text of terror? : gender perspectives on God and humanity in 1 Timothy 2. Scriptura, 111(3):583-601, doi:10.7833/111-0-38.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://scriptura.journals.ac.za
dc.description.abstractAmidst threatening pseudo-practices, 1 Timothy seems to be concerned mainly with the integrity of the Christian gospel within the larger Greco-Roman society. To account for its rich yet complex world view, the intertextual coherence of 1 Tim 1:15-3:1 is investigated – with special reference to gender images from Gen 2-3 in 1 Tim 2:13-15. In an attempt to make sense of the utterances regarding women in 2:8-15, and particularly the explanation in 2:13-15, the essay explores two main sets of arguments. A first view explores the implications of a literal interpretation of 1 Tim 2:13-15. It argues that the author contrasted the thinking of Gen 2-3 by importing a limited selection from it into his letter – a strategy bearing the risk of being incompatible with the theological thrust of both 1 Tim and Gen 1-3. A second view argues that 1 Tim 2:13-15 served as an allegory, and that Adam and Eve, as well as the image of childbearing, functioned metaphorically as motivation for moral behaviour. The essay concludes that 1 Tim 2:8-15 is a context-specific appro-priation of the creation story rather than a universal statement on the relationship between women and men. It pleads for a life-giving rhetoric that either uses 1 Timothy’s theological thrust as a lens for interpreting 2:8-15 or accepts (some aspects of) it as irretrievably patriarchal and violent, yet allowing it to function as a mirror for on-going discussions on human dignity and the integrity of creation
dc.description.urihttp://scriptura.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/38
dc.format.extent19 pages
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherStellenbosch University, Faculty of Theologyen_ZA
dc.subjectBible. Timothy, 1st, II, 8-15 -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.en_ZA
dc.subjectImage of Goden_ZA
dc.titleNew life from a pastoral text of terror? : gender perspectives on God and humanity in 1 Timothy 2en_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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