Women: here’s one you’ll want to put on your reading list – Jerram Barrs’ (professor at Covenant Theological Seminary) Through His Eyes: God’s Perspective on Women in the Bible (Wheaton: Crossway, 2009). I’ve not read it all (I use it for sermon prep sometimes, so for now I’ve only read sections), but I’ve appreciated it so far. His opening was great, in my opinion. He says that he is deeply troubled when all the talk about women in the church starts with the restrictive passages (1 Cor 11, 14; 1 Tim 2, etc.). That’s a great point! He goes on:
“It is not that those passages are insignificant, but I have been eager to ask a more foundational question [than ‘What can and can’t women do in a church?’ – my note]: How does the Lord see women? … What does God think about women, and how does he treat them?” (p. 9).
The book would make a great women’s Bible study, since he simply goes from OT to NT and discusses the significant accounts of women in the Bible (Eve, Sarah, Tamar, etc). This would also be a good book for men to read, hopefully to “tweak” their view of women from a biblical perspective! Sometimes books like this get a little “cheesy” in application, but I haven’t seen that so far. Also, Barrs does a good job of making this a Christ-centered book and not agenda for moralistic feminism. One more thing: there are also application questions at the end of each chapter to encourage discussion.
Be sure to also check out some stuff by Lydia Brownback (click here), and don’t miss the provocatively titled Does Christianity Squash Women? by Rebecca Jones. Feel free to email us or comment below if you have other good recommendations along these lines.