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Slaves, Women & Homosexuals

Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis

by William J. Webb
Foreword by Darrell L. Bock

Slaves, Women & Homosexuals
  • Length: 301 pages
  • Published: August 20, 2009
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 7691
  • ISBN: 9780830876914

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In Slaves, Women Homosexuals William J. Webb tackles some of the most complex and controversial issues that have challenged the Christian church--and still do.

He leads you through the maze of interpretation that has historically surrounded understanding of slaves, women and homosexuals, and he evaluates various approaches to these and other biblical-ethical teachings. Throughout, Webb attempts to "work out the hermeneutics involved in distinguishing that which is merely cultural in Scripture from that which is timeless" (Craig A. Evans).

By the conclusion, Webb has introduced and developed a "redemptive hermeneutic" that can be applied to many issues that cause similar dilemmas.

Darrel L. Bock writes in the foreword to Webb's work, "His goal is not only to discuss how these groups are to be seen in light of Scriptures but to make a case for a specific hermeneutical approach to reading these texts. . . . This book not only advances a discussion of the topics, but it also takes a markedly new direction toward establishing common ground where possible, potentially breaking down certain walls of hostility within the evangelical community."


Introduction: Welcome to the World of Application

Part I: Toward a Hermeneutic of Cultural Analysis
1. The Christian Culture
2. A Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic
3. Cultural/Transcultural Analysis: A Road Map

Part II: Intrascriptural Criteria
4. Persuasive Criteria
Criterion 1: Preliminary Movement
Criterion 2: Seed Ideas
Criterion 3: Breakouts
Criterion 4: Purpose/Intent Statements
Criterion 5: Basis in Fall or Curse
5. Moderately Persuasive Criteria
Criterion 6: Basis in Original Creation, Section 1: Patterns
Criterion 7: Basis in Original Creation, Section 2: Primogeniture
Criterion 8: Basis in New Creation
Criterion 9: Competing Options
Criterion 10: Opposition to Original Culture
Criterion 11: Closely Related Issues
Criterion 12: Penal Code
Criterion 13: Specific Instructions Versus General Principles
6. Inconclusive Criteria
Criterion 14: Basis in Theological Analogy
Criterion 15: Contextual Comparisons
Criterion 16: Appeal to the Old Testament

Part III: Extrascriptural Criteria
7. Persuasive Extrascriptural Criteria
Criterion 17: Pragmatic Basis Between Two Cultures
Criterion 18: Scientific and Social-Scientific Evidence
8. What If I Am Wrong?

Conclusion: Arriving at a Bottom Line

Appendix A: Man Created First Primogeniture Assumptions
The Traditional Interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:13

Appendix B: Women as More Easily Deceived Than Men
The Traditional Interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:14

Appendix C: Research on Detecting Deception

Appendix D: Woman Created from Man and for Man
An Assessment of 1 Corinthians 11:8-9


Scripture Index


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William J. Webb

William J. Webb is an adjunct professor of New Testament and biblical studies at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Ontario. He is the author of Slaves, Women and Homosexuals and Corporal Punishment in the Bible.