Book Announcement: Cynthia Long Westfall, Paul and Gender


paulandgenderThis post is long overdue, but just in case any of our readers have not heard, our friend Cindy Westfall has recently written a comprehensive monograph on Paul’s view of gender (Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in the Church [Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016]).

Westfall, a leading New Testament scholar who has written on discourse analysis and Hebrews among other topics, not only focuses on the common topic of the roles of women in the church, home, and society but provides a holistic paradigm of Paul’s view on gender (both men and women). She notes five principles guiding her study (p. ix):

  1. The results will attempt to be faithful to the texts and contexts in the Pauline corpus.
  2. The interpretations will seek to be intelligible within a reconstruction of the narrative of Paul’s life.
  3. The specific interpretations will attempt to be understandable within…

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