In this article on the Early Christian Texts website, professor and blogger James F. McGrath considers the oft quoted portion of 1 Timothy:
“Let a woman learn in silence with full submission. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing, provided they continue in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.” (1 Timothy 2:11-15, NRSV).
We’ve all read different takes on this passage before, including this one by Reta Halteman Finger in her Reta’s Reflections blog here on Christian Feminism Today, but McGrath includes some new information in this article. Learn the ways in which the story of Adam and Eve, as well as the early Christian text, “The Acts of Paul and Thecla,” can help us understand what is going on with this passage.
posted by Dr. Katie M. Deaver