The excellent book I am reviewing here is one I received in a package from IVP as I was lucky in a Twitter giveaway before Easter. Perhaps a better title for this post might be “What I finished reading…”
In May I began to read Men and Women in Christ: Fresh light from the biblical texts by Andrew Bartlett. I found that I could only read a few pages at a time, but I did read all the way to the end, including the seven appendices elaborating on particular chapters. Some of the references to scripture were also essential reading, although I have to admit that I skipped others deeming that I am familiar with, for example, the stories in Acts. When I bothered to read the passages I felt blessed.
In Men and Women in Christ all the evidence from the Bible about the roles of men and women in marriage and in the Church is sifted and weighed. The historical views of their roles are also discussed. Where scripture is unclear the author referred to other contemporary sources to compare the use of Greek words or expressions. A list of Bible references is included.
This must be the most painstakingly researched book I have ever read! However, it is written in an accessible style. At the end of each chapter there is a summary of the discoveries made. The final chapter is entitled: Taking stock and moving closer together. The views of egalitarians and complementarians had been set out in the earlier chapters. Andrew Bartlett found points he disagreed with in both parties’ arguments.
This book is well worth the time it takes to read it. Very highly recommended.