Women, Leadership, and the Bible: How Do I Know What to Believe?
What do you believe about women's roles in church leadership? Should women lead groups that include men? Should women preach? Should women be ordained?
More importantly, why do you believe what you believe?
Plenty of books exist telling women what to think; precious few help women think for themselves, particularly about theological issues. Women, Leadership, and the Bible helps women learn to interpret the Bible and discern for themselves answers to their questions about women's roles in the church, along with any other issue they may face in life. In straightforward, plain language, Dr. Natalie Eastman introduces women to a five-step, easy-to-follow process for studying the Bible and interpreting what they study.
This book encourages women that they can think for themselves and can analyze significant theological issues, despite any hesitations they may have, any conflict surrounding an issue, or any lack of theological training. By the time readers finish this book, they will have a biblically defendable, theologically reasoned, and thoroughly discerned understanding of what they believe Scripture says about women's roles and how that understanding could play out within the church. No longer will they feel as though they have nothing to contribute when the subject of women's roles—or any other of life's theological questions—arises.
Chapter 1 Where Many Women Begin with "The Women's Issue"
Chapter 2 The Plan, Introduced
Step 1: Prepare
Chapter 3 Prep Method 1: Ask Questions, Assume Nothing
Chapter 4 Prep Method 2L Get Out of (Your) Town!
Chapter 5 Prep Method 3L Plan for Ambiguities
Step 2: Identity
Chapter 6 She’s Got a Little List
Step 3 Study
Chapter 7 Get into the Text! Study Guidelines
Chapter 8 Get into the Text! Fundamentals of Interpretation, Part 1: What Is Bible Interpretation and Who Does It?
Chapter 9 Get into the Text! Fundamentals of Interpretation, Part 2: Challenges to Interpretation
Chapter 10 Get into the Text! Fundamentals of Interpretation, Part 3: How Do We Prepare to Interpret Well?
Chapter 11 Get into the Text! Fundamentals of Interpretation, Part 4: How Do We Interpret Well? Use Basic Exegetical Skills
Chapter 12 Get into the Text! Fundamentals of Interpretation, Part 5: How Do We Interpret Well? Understand Categories of Meaning
Chapter 13 Get into the Text! Why We Can Yet Hope to Interpret with Confidence (Despite Daunting Challenges)
Summary of Step 2: Study
Step 4: Filter
Chapter 14 Your Job Now: Analyze and Critique
Chapter 15 External Filters
Chapter 16 Internal Filters
Step 5: Choose
Chapter 17 Just Do It
Chapter 18 What’s Next? Live Out Your Choice in Your Own Context
Appendix A: Meet the Mentors
Appendix B: Resources, A Strategy
Appendix C: “Where Do I Start?” A Case Study in Interpretation: 1 Timothy 2:9-15
Natalie R. Wilson Eastman (MDiv, DMin) is a freelance writer and member of the Redbud Writers Guild. She has served as a full-time youth minister to girls and women; worship leader and team developer; missionary to east Asia, and retreat and event teacher/speaker. She lives in Delaware, Ohio, with her husband and three children. Links to her blogs may be found at natalieeastman.com.