Buried Talents

This is another book-length study. It deals with the role of women in the church.

The essay attempts a fresh restudy of the question taking into account recent scholarship.

You can download the entire essay in .pdf format here: Buried Talents

Or you can download the essay chapter at a time:

Preface and Table of Contents


The Role of Women

The Genesis Accounts

Biblical Examples of Godly Women

Ephesians 5–Mutual Submission

1 Peter 3–Co-heirs of Grace

1 Corinthians 7–Sex and the Married Christian

1 Corinthians 11–The Head of the Woman is the Man


1 Corinthians 14–Silence in the Churches

1 Timothy 2–Usurping Authority

Titus 2:3-5 “Busy at Home”

Galatians 3:28–”There is Neither Male nor Female”

Questions & Answers

The Gift-ocracy of the New Testament Church

Deacons—Does It Really Matter?

Elders—Wives of One Husband?

How Do We Decide?

More Questions & Answers


Appendix–Slaves, Women & Homosexuals


4 Responses

  1. I was looking at your material on Ephesians 5, and I was also looking at : “MDR: The passive-voice argument”.

    Please re-consider your interpretation of the passages where “wife” and “submit” occur together. In every instance except one, the hupotasso verbs are in the passive voice!

    See husband is head of wife…THEREFORE:

  2. Charis,

    In v. 22, the verb is borrowed from 5:21, which is a present passive or middle participle. “Submitting yourselves” in 21 sounds very middle to my ear.

    In v. 24, “is subject to” is present indicative middle.

    I get my tenses from Zodhiates.

    I’ve looked at your website. I’m not sure we really disagree as to the outcome. I’m no advocate for paternalism.

  3. […] is a man who understands the implications of PASSIVE voice!  He also has published a book online (Buried Talents–on the role of women) which includes a chapter about Ephesians 5 (Ephesians 5–Mutual […]

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