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‘Einer Frau gestatte ich nicht, dass sie lehre‘ (1 Timotheus 2:12): Exegese – Hermeneutik – Kirche

Christoph W. Stenschke
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 3 | a5364 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i3.5364 | © 2019 Christoph W. Stenschke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 December 2018 | Published: 29 November 2019

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Christoph W. Stenschke, Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa, City of Tshwane, South Africa, Germany


This article is an exercise in combining the exegesis, hermeneutical issues and application of 1 Timothy 2:12 in ecclesial contexts where this prohibition is still taken seriously as a Pauline injunction or, at least, as part of the canon of the Church. It surveys representative proposals in New Testament studies of dealing with this least compromising assertion regarding the teaching of women in early Christianity. It discusses the hermeneutical issues involved in exegesis and application and how one should relate this prohibition to other New Testament references to women and their role in the early Christian communities. In closing, the article discusses whether and how this assertion can still be relevant in contemporary contexts when and where women have a very different role in society and church.


Paul; 1 Timothy; Role of Women in Early Christianity; role of women in contemporary Christianity, hermeneutics; application of scripture, ordination of women, gender issues


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