God's Design for Man and Woman: A Biblical-Theological Survey Paperback – Illustrated, 31 August 2014
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- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1433536994
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433536991
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.01 x 22.86 cm
- Publisher : Crossway Books; Illustrated edition (31 August 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 354,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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.
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Let me say from the top, don't be intimidated by the title. The phrase biblical theology can be intimidating, and perhaps cause some people to bypass this work. I've been in those shoes before, and I've read those books that are like a slow walking through mud. But I was pleasantly surprised to find this book easy to read. You won't need a dictionary to accompany you on your trip. And it's that readability that makes it so useful to the everyday man and woman. You can speak the truth until you're blue in the face, but if you can't say it in a way that is easily understood than you're doing it wrong.
When I say this work is exhaustive, I mean ex-hau-stive. Have you ever wanted to know every single interaction Jesus had with a woman, regardless of how seemingly insignificant? There's a table for that. How about Jesus' interactions with men? Or the men and women in his parables? There's a table for that too. There's nothing skipped. And even though you may not ever need to reference such a table, the effort shows the care and precision the author's took to be thorough. This is a well-informed, balanced, and biblically faithful overview of the bible's teaching about manhood and womanhood.
It should go without saying that the book addresses the creation narrative and dives deeply into the roles given to Adam and Eve before the fall, and how the fall effected the outworking of those roles. What would a book on men and women be if it didn't start at the beginning? But the strength of this book lies in it's thoroughness. It traverses the Old Testament, showing how God gave male leaders to Israel, especially in worshipful roles as the High Priest. But it also doesn't skip over the notable women in the Old Testament. They address them in what I think are fair and right ways.
Moving to the New Testament they just as much care. Showing Jesus' interactions with men and women, life in the early church, Paul's letters to the churches, and discuss in-depth the most controversial verses in this conversation: Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 5:22-25; 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, 14:33b-36; 1 Timothy 2:12-15, 3:2; and Titus 2:4-5. I found their treatment of 1 Timothy - "yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control." - to be fascinating.
In their treatment of the evangelical feminist perspective the Köstenberger's are very charitable with those whom they disagree. Nothing ruins your testimony quicker than being disingenuous and unfair about the counter arguments to your claim. They not only show the counter arguments, but deal with them wisely, biblically, fairly, and pastorally. They have a great handle on the issues.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a solid treatment of the issues surrounding gender roles and desires to learn more about God's good, wise, and wonderful design for men and women