Contrary to Nature
Susan Hunt writes,
- We must be in the vanguard of a movement to reclaim the wonder and splendor of gender distinctiveness because this is a reflection of the wonder and splendor of God’s plan and purpose. A biblical understanding of woman’s helper design is essential.
Women’s Ministry in the Local Church: A Covenantal and Complementarian Approach1 JBMW
Note the distinctions and boundaries. A woman may teach a teenager Greek and Hebrew. (IMO that is the optimum time to learn these languages.) A woman may teach a man French or German. A woman may teach a man grammar and composition. A woman may teach a non-Christian man Greek or Hebrew. A woman may teach the biblical languages if she does so in a secular university. A woman may teach a man Greek or Hebrew if the text being studied is not the Bible. A woman may write about Greek and Hebrew. A woman may be quoted by a man on Greek and Hebrew. A woman may teach a man Greek and Hebrew if she does so in another country, not her own.
May a woman blog about the biblical languages. May a man read a blog written by a woman on biblical languages? They say blogging is nearer to spoken discourse than published articles. It is getting dicey indeed!
What I wonder is how God keeps all these rules straight. I ask myself if God has ordered one of those books which contains 'the list' from Amazon.com. I imagine him sitting there adjusting his bifocals, scanning the list, searching for the cutoff point. Like others he gets to decide for himself where the cutoff point is. He is not discriminated against. As long as there is a cutoff point. As long as women get cut off, then the authors of the list are satisfied.
I have been asked to write about Sheri Klouda, removed from her employment for teaching biblical languages to men. Let me supply the relevant background articles.
Wade Burleson has posted on her situation.
Sheri Klouda: Gender Discrimination, Federal Law and the Law of Christ in the SBC and SWBTS
The Strange Belief that a Woman Cannot Teach a Man the Bible
The Sheri Klouda Issue Will Not Go Away Quietly
The Information Begins to Trickle In From SWBTS
A Knowledge of Our History Keeps Us Humble
The Dallas Morning News wrote about it here.
Briefly, this is the case of an exemplary Hebrew professor losing her position at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, under president Paige Patterson, because she is a woman. Dr. Klouda is the sole provider for her family and had bought a house near the seminary.
According to this article there are no women teaching theology or Biblical languages at a Southern Baptist Convention seminary. There is one woman at Dallas Seminary teaching Hebrew. This issue is under discussion at Dallas, which, in general, has very few female professors.
But 100 years ago the seminaries were still integrated with the universities. And women were beginning to teach in the universities. One of the first women to teach Greek in Canada in the university to adult men was herself a Christian married to a Plymouth Brethren preacher, and in his old age she supported him - she taught Greek to men and no one fired her. So in Canada Christian women were not followers in feminism, Christian women were leaders in promoting the participation of women in higher education. Christian women were ahead of the curve, not accomodaters to the world.
I believe that it is this present day discouragement and outright prohibition that prevents more women from making a career of biblical languages and therefore participating in Bible translation teams. There is a deliberate bias against women contributing to Bible translation in the conservative Christian community.
This is a request post.
* Personally I think this is mostly bunk but I don't want to clutter the blog with my off topic meanderings.