“One in Christ Jesus”

David W. Kling

in The Bible in History

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195130089
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835393 | DOI:
“One in Christ Jesus”

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This chapter focuses on the history of interpretation of Galatians 3:28 and its application to women’s ministry and ordination in the American context. Not until the nineteenth century was the text understood to mean anything other than a person’s standing before God. However, the coalescence of evangelical revivalism and the first women’s rights movement in the 1840s shifted the text’s meaning to the human dimension, namely, to a woman’s right to serve in an equal capacity to men as ordained ministers.

Keywords: Galatians 3:28; women’s ordination; Krister Stendahl; Elizabeth Schüssler Fiorenza; feminist movement; order of creation; order of redemption; fundamentalist-modernist controversy

Chapter.  19152 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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