As I work through each chapter of the Bible in chronological order, I’ve decided to mix up my blog with a specific Bible verse now and then. I started last week with my favorite Bible verse, Ezekiel 23:20. Today I want to focus on 1 Timothy 2:11-12. Before stating the verse, I want to point out that this verse is in the New Testament, after the arrival of Jesus. Therefore, it can’t be dismissed by saying Jesus arrived to wipe clean the slate of old (Testament) laws as many Christians are fond of doing.
“A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” – 1 Timothy 2:11-12
Misogyny rules in the New Testament too! It doesn’t get worse than this. This letter from Paul directly tells us that women are to sit down and shut up. Learning and teaching are for men and men only. If a man wishes to teach a woman, he may, but the woman is not allowed to ask or learn on her own.
To be clear, these are not the words of Jesus, but the words of Paul. However, Paul supposedly directly heard and was spoken to by Jesus. Paul is living his life exactly as Jesus wants him to. From the rest of the New Testament verses, we are to take this as the direct word of Jesus through Paul.
Again, I wish more people would read the Bible and see the nonsense such as this that it contains. How a female, and any male who cares about the equal rights of women, can read this and still believe is beyond me.