Eta Linnemann and the JBMW
- A woman may teach a man Greek and Hebrew if she does so in another country, not her own.
I have myself benefited from the friendship of men from the First Nations and would not even dream of holding the view that they constituted an exception to biblical teaching on manhood. This pastor was a fatherly mentor to me.
This reminds me of Piper's list. Who else is on it? Evidently more than a few men. Stories like the following just make me cry.
Here is the story. The current Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood , recommended by Jim Hamilton, is entirely written by women. Although it is subtitled "For Women by Women" the preface remarks that,
- Scripture is clear that authoritative teaching in the church belongs, by God’s design, to men. It is equally clear that women contribute to the church in many and varied ways. One of these ways is scholarly writing, like that of Linnemann, a brilliant lady who is also submissive to the teaching of Scripture.
Written scholarship tends toward nonpersonal, non-directive influence. It is, thus, an influence women may exercise while upholding the God-given order that exists between men and women. We must conclude, therefore, it is fitting that our male readership also benefit from these articles, writings of learned and holy women of today who follow by disposition, by motivation, and by virtue the ancient pattern.
- Eta Linnemann taught New Testament at Philipps University, Marburg, West Germany, until her personal spiritual crisis and conversion. Later she became a missionary teacher of native pastors at a Bible institute in Batu, Indonesia. She lectures on historical-critical theology throughout Europe and North America. ebay (I acknowledge that ebay is my weakest source so far and not acceptable on a scholarly paper. If someone could confirm this story for me I would appreciate it so much.)
If women are permitted to translate the Bible into minority languages as they do, and to teach the Bible to minority peoples as Linnemann does, women should be permitted to teach the Bible and biblical languages in America. Women should be permitted to contribute to each and every English Bible translation that is going to be read by women - or men.
Note: I would like to thank Jim Hamilton for bringing this story to my attention - inadvertently, I would imagine.