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Women and Men in Scripture and the Church
A Guide to the Key Issues
ed. Steven Croft & Paula Gooder
Publisher:Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
This is an excellent guide or study book to a heated and topical issue - that of women and men in scripture and in turn of their roles and positions within the church, noteably of course how they can minister as highlighted by the ongoing debates over the role of women. This book is designed to be used as a group study but can just as well be used as a personal study guide, however I think the benefits of using it in a group setting would far outweigh the personal use. You are going to want to talk about what you read in here with someone, regardless of your personal stance.
It must be clearly highlighted, however, that this book does work from a starting bias (as can most clearly be seen in the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions section at the back) of being inclusive, or as some may say pro the full ordination of women. This though should not immediately make you reject this book if you hold a different stance, because it is a clearly written, well articulated guide to the key issues, and a very good study on a thorny topic.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (23/04/13)