Seventeen hundred years is enough! Edwards leads the call to vanquish the inequality of women in the kingdom of God. His weapons of revelation? History, the Greek language, and his own witness of women in churches who are free.
The author challenges Christian ministers to take up the cause of eliminating inequality in the church and dare to discover what happens in the body of Christ when all members function.
The author goes to the root of our present-day Bible translations and lays the axe to the centuries-old tree of mistranslation. You will be shocked to discover that the King James Version does not say what the original Greek text said about women in Pauls letters (and neither do most other Bible translations).
This book brings to light the mindset that has held both women and men prisoners of misconceptions through the centuries. Reading The Christian Woman . . . Set Free liberates the reader of any doubt regarding a womans place in the kingdom of God. (You will be awed as you see that the greatest friend of women in all of human history, the Lord Jesus Christ, broke all the rules of his day in regard to the treatment of women.)
Best of all, what makes The Christian Woman . . . Set Free unique is that it is not based on theory, nor is it an intellectual treatise. It is a revolutionary document forged on the anvil of the authors experiences in daily church life. Edwards writes from a matrix where equality is a way of life and full participation in the church is the territory of both men and women. Edwards gives you the practical how-to of the way to experience this freedom in your gathering. There are testimonies in the book of women who experience freedom to share in all the functions of the church. In their churches there is no specific leader, but all are joint leaders.
The Christian Woman . . . Set Free is a fast-paced, high-energy book that takes dead aim at the very foundation of our present-day mindset concerning women and men in church life. Enjoy . . . and be set free!
Table of Contents
Part 1: Who Started the Mistreatment of Women?
Chapter 1: A Time Past Due
Chapter 2: It All Began With Philosophers
Part 2: The Churchs Subjugation of Women from A.E. 100 until . . .
Chapter 3: Century Two to Constantine (A.D. 100-400)
Chapter 4: The Early Church Fathers
Chapter 5: The Darkness of the Dark Ages
Chapter 6: The Reformers
Chapter 7: King James, the Man Who Has a Bible Named after Him
Part 3: A Revolutionist Names Jesus!
Chapter 8: A Revolutionist for Womens Liberty
Part 4: The Amazing Place of Women in the Earliest Days of the Church
Chapter 9: Women in the Church from (A.D. 30-47)
Part 5: Women in the Church Outside Israel
Chapter 10: Women in the Church from (A.D. 47-50)
Chapter 11: A City Called Philippi in the Land of Those Chauvinist Greeks
Chapter 12: Priscilla, Pauls Right-Hand Man
Chapter 13: Meet Corinth
Part 6: Paul Liberator or Chauvinist?
Chapter 14: Another Look at These Pesky Chapters in Pauls Letters
Chapter 15: Just who Has Authority over a Womans Head . . . You Might Be Surprised
Chapter 16: Four Views, One Church Fight
Chapter 17: If That Is Not Enough, Hold Onto Your Pet View
Chapter 18: Are Women to Be Silent in the Church?
Chapter 19: Must a Wife Submit to Her Husband?
Chapter 20: Can Women Teach Men?
Chapter 21: Womens Education
Part 7: Making This Practical
Chapter 22: First Step Toward Womens Freedom in Church Life
Chapter 23: Women Setting Women Free
Chapter 24: Creativity Turned Loose
Chapter 25: An Interview with Christian Women
Chapter 26: Some Final Words
The Embarrassed Husband
About the Author
Gene Edwards is a beloved storyteller and has blazed new trails on the topic of the deeper Christian life. He is a prolific author of twenty-five books including A Tale of Three Kings, The Divine Romance, and The Secret to the Christian Life. He holds a B.A. in English literature and history from East Texas State University and an M.Div from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gene was for many years a pastor and evangelist and he continues to travel widely teaching seminars on the deeper Christian life. He is also a part of the house church movement. Gene lives in Florida with his wife Helen.