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Women Praying and Prophesying in Corinth: Gender and Inspired Speech in First Corinthians
Marshall, Jill E.

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017 pp. xiii + 255. $119.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/448


Description: In First Corinthians, Paul makes two conflicting statements about women's speech: He crafts a difficult argument about whether men and women should cover their heads while praying or prophesying (11:2-16) and instructs women to be silent in the assembly (14:34-35). These two statements bracket an extended discussion about inspired modes of speech - prophecy and prayer in tongues. From these exegetical observations, Jill E. Marshall argues that gender is a central issue throughout 1 Corinthians 11-14 and the religious speaking practices that prompted Paul's response. She situates Paul's arguments about prayer and prophecy within their ancient Mediterranean cultural context, using literary and archaeological evidence, and examines the differences in how ancient writers described prophetic speech when voiced by a man or a woman.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Sociology

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Review by H. H. Drake Williams III
Published 9/26/2019
Citation: H. H. Drake Williams III, review of Jill E. Marshall, Women Praying and Prophesying in Corinth: Gender and Inspired Speech in First Corinthians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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