Modes of Communication IV
- The teaching relationship of an author to a reader is much more like the one-to-one kind of teaching that Priscilla and Aquila did when they explained the way of God more accurately to Apollos in Acts 18:26. In fact, with a book the element of direct personal interaction is almost entirely absent.
I am also glad that links have been provided to writings by W. Grudem which provide some insight into his thinking on gender, since he took the initiative to draft the Guidelines for Translation of Gender Related Language in Scripture. These guidelines reflect his presuppositions, that there are differences between men and women, not only
- in the gifts that God gives them, but in the roles that he assigns them. (TNIV and the GNBC, page 255)
Feminism replaces biblical honor with a misguided attempt to wipe out the differences in people with respect to prominence, order, leadership, and representation. (page 257)
On a certain level what is most interesting for me is the interaction perceived by Grudem between the axis of 'directive (spoken) communication' through to 'non-directive (written) communication'; and his belief that the Bible teaches that men should have more prominence and representation than women. He infers from this that men may have a written and spoken public ministry, and women may only have a written public ministry.
Grudem writes that when reading
- a Bible commentary written by a woman for example it is as if the author were talking privately to me explaining her interpretation of the Bible. ... Reading a book by a woman author is much like having a private conversaton with a woman author.
Books by W. Grudem:
The Gender Neutral Bible Controversy (My page numbers are from the TNIV and the GNBC)
Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth
Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood