A Woman's Place?
Leadership in the Church

© 1993  C.S. Cowles
Doctor of Sacred Theology and Professor of Religion
Point Loma Nazarene University

Published by:

Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
2923 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64109

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1. Women in Christianity; 2. Women in the Bible; 3. Women in Church Work; 4. Christian Leadership.
BV 639.W7.C65 ||  LC: 94-104227 || ISBN 0-83411-464-X || OCLC: 29218075 || 208 p.

A Woman's Place is presently held by 37 libraries including Olivet Nazarene University and Azusa Pacific University.

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Table of Contents (see note below!)

Preface       9

Introduction       11

1.  The Fractured Church       19

2.  Women in History: Less than Human       39

3.  Women in the Old Testament       60

4.  Jesus and Women       81

5.  Paul and Women       98

6.  Texts Prohibiting the Public Ministry of Women      127

7.  Evangelical Roots of Biblical Feminism       156

8.  Setting Women Free for Ministry       177

Notes (See each chapter)      198

Bibliography      206

Please Note

   As of June 2011, this book has been brought back into print. At the request of the publisher, we no longer host the text of this book at our site. Prior to this, since 2001, we did have permission of the author.

   It is our desire that you purchase the new edition of A Woman's Place? Leadership in the Church from either the publisher or from Amazon.com or find the 1993 edition in a library near you. There is also a new Kindle edition available for purchase for only 99 cents (downloadable).

   We are happy to say that we found A Woman's Place still available online. Click here to find the Table of Contents and the chapters on the Way Back Machine. [If a similar main page like this one doesn't appear initially, click on the word "Impatient?" at the lower right of that page. Keep clicking on "Impatient" until it works]

   In any event, you may be interested in what I call the "condensed version" of the book, an article by Dr. C.S. Cowles which I host online....

In Praise of Women Preachers:
An analysis of Paul’s position on “women in ministry."

"In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:26-28, emphasis added).

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