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Saved Through Childbearing? 1 Timothy 2:15 as a Hermeneutical Caveat

Jeff Miller
Professor of Bible
Milligan College
JDMiller@milligan.edu

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Abstract

Paul’s infamous statement in 1 Tim 2:15 about being “saved through child- bearing” is as universally recognized as it is exegetically difficult. Similarly, the need for biblical theology to rest on texts that invite, rather than defy, under- standing is also widely affirmed. Regrettably, Paul’s prior statement in 1 Tim 2:13-14 (“Adam was formed first, then Eve. . . .”), though also quite difficult, is regularly cited as a pillar of complementarian theology. Interpreters would do well to approach such texts with humility rather than dogmatism.

 
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