The Status of women has been a source of controversy throughout history; in all societies it seems linked to religion. Even in Christendom, where the elevation of women has been pursued to the greatest extent, there continue to be major disagreements among religious leaders. This book is a critical examination of New Testament teachings on the social and religious status of women, in light of the mores of New Testament times. A provocative and challenging alternative to the traditional interpretation of relevant passages is offered. The author sees the liberation of women from male dominance as a significant underlying theme in the New Testament, and Christian fundamentalism as a major hindrance to it.
Lesly F. Massey is adjunct professor of religion at Amberton University and Senior pastor at the Casa View Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dallas. He was a missionary in South Africa for thirteen years, and for a time served as Project Administrator for Bread for a Hungry World, conducting development projects in Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and various countries in Africa.