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Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostleís Vision for Men and Women in Christ
Westfall, Cynthia Long

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016 pp. xix + 348. $32.99


Description: In this volume, respected New Testament scholar Cynthia Long Westfall offers a coherent Pauline theology of gender. Westfall interprets passages on women and men together and places those passages in the context of the Pauline corpus as a whole. Her inclusion of the entire Pauline canon enables her to address the issues effectively, and she reads the texts in light of their own claims of authorship, recipient, and circumstances. She also gleans new insights by making sense of the passages in the context of the Greco-Roman culture. Paul and Gender includes fresh perspectives on the most controverted texts, offering viable alternatives for some notorious interpretive problems in certain Pauline passages. The author reframes gender issues in a way that stimulates thinking, promotes discussion, and moves the conversation forward. As Westfall explores the significance of Paul's teaching on both genders, she seeks to support and equip males and females to serve in their area of gifting, regardless of social status, race, or gender. This book is a call for all who study Paul and gender to learn to distinguish between their assumptions and the presuppositions they use to make sense of the texts. It will be of use to New Testament scholars, professors and students in courses on Paul, and pastors and church leaders.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature

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Review by Susan E. Hylen
Published 7/26/2018
Citation: Susan E. Hylen, review of Cynthia Long Westfall, Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostleís Vision for Men and Women in Christ, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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