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God's Design for Man and Woman: A Biblical-Theological Survey Paperback – Illustrated, 31 August 2014
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Equipping a New Generation to Live Out God's Design
This thorough study of the Bible's teaching on men and women aims to help a new generation of Christians live for Christ in today's world. Moving beyond other treatments that primarily focus on select passages, this winsome volume traces Scripture's overarching pattern related to male-female relationships in both the Old and New Testaments. Those interested in careful discussion rather than caustic debate will discover that God's design is not confining or discriminatory but beautiful, wise, liberating, and good.
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Andreas J. Köstenberger (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the director of the Center for Biblical Studies and research professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a prolific author, distinguished evangelical scholar, and editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is the founder of Biblical Foundations, a ministry devoted to restoring the biblical foundations of the home and the church. Köstenberger and his wife have four children.
Margaret E. Köstenberger (ThD, University of South Africa) serves as associate professor of theology and women's ministry and faculty coordinator of women's programs at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of Jesus and the Feminists and the coauthor (with Andreas Köstenberger) of God's Design for Man and Woman. She and her husband, Andreas, live in Missouri with their four children.
- Publisher : Crossway Books; Illustrated edition (31 August 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1433536994
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433536991
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.01 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 446,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The authors show that throughout the Bible there is a clear difference in role and responsibility between men and women. While some cultural expressions of male and female do change, there are biblical principles that ought to be followed regardless of culture. While I agreed with the vast majority of the book, I was disappointed with the sections on elder and deacon qualifications. Regarding elders, the authors suggest (even though they also contradict themselves on this point) that a man who has never been married can be an elder. This to me is clearly not an acceptable position from the Bible’s text. Regarding deacons, the authors argue that 1 Timothy 3:11 should be understood to be referring to women deacons and not to deacon’s wives. I did not find their argument convincing, nor did they present the counter-arguments very well. On a positive note, I did appreciate the authors pointing out that having a group of “deacons” overseeing a congregation is not biblical and that “deacons” in those cases are actually filling the role of elders.
Despite the less than stellar performance on the discussion of elder and deacon qualifications, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and found it to be a very helpful study. I do recommend the book for those interested in the study of male/female roles in the Bible and I think this type of book is very much needed in the church today. I will give the standard caveat that the reader should pick the meat and leave the bones. Fortunately in this case there is a lot more meat than bone.