Margaret Mowczko “Paul’s Theology of Ministry”
Marg’s article and other posts are very good presentations countering the male chauvinist’s use of the Bible to diminish the view of women
From BAS Library
So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, Acts 10:34 ESV
I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.1 Timothy 2:12 ESV
The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 ESV
But every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.1 Corinthians 11:5 ESV
“And he said to them, ‘Not everyone can receive this saying, but those to whom it has been given: For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and eunuchs who have been castrated by people, and there are eunuchs who have castrated themselves for the sake of the kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone who can receive this, receive it.’”Matthew 19:11–12
Luke praises her as a disciple (mathetria) who was always doing good and helping the poor (Acts 9:36); her specific designation as a disciple proves that Jesus had female disciples. In fact, there are three places where the words disciple or disciples include women: Acts 9:1-2, 36; 18:24-26b.
Romans 16 – Young’s Literal Translation
16 And I commend you to Phebe our sister — being a ministrant of the assembly that [is] in Cenchrea 2 that ye may receive her in the Lord, as doth become saints, and may assist her in whatever matter she may have need of you — for she also became a leader of many, and of myself.
7 salute Andronicus and Junias, my kindred, and my fellow-captives, who are of note among the apostles, who also have been in Christ before me.
Romans 16 – Revised Standard Version
16 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cen′chre-ae, 2 that you may receive her in the Lord as befits the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a helper of many and of myself as well.
Romans 16 – NIV
16 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon[a][b] of the church in Cenchreae. 2 I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.
7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among[d] the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.