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This biblical and theological study offers an accessible examination of the key texts of Scripture pertinent to understanding female roles, affirming full equality of the sexes in family and church. The book advocates an interpretive method that sees God’s revelation of himself and his will as progressive. Using a creation-fall-redemption hermeneutical model, Beyond Sex Roles leads readers in developing a coherent method of interpretation for understanding the roles of women in church and family.
Gilbert Bilezikian deliberately avoids using scholarly jargon and complex argumentation in the main text of the book to encourage readers to interact with the biblical research. The aim is for nonspecialized readers to be able to follow his discussion step-by-step, evaluate arguments, consider alternative views, and arrive at independent conclusions. This classic work on the egalitarian viewpoint will be a useful guide in undergraduate courses on gender and church life.
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Because Bilezikian presents his thesis with an obvious and unqualified submission to the Word of Scripture, his work is profoundly significant.
—Calvin Theological Journal
Although some will disagree with Bilezikian’s conclusions, Beyond Sex Roles provides much food for thought to men and women concerned with being obedient to God in how they conduct their relationships.
—Today’s Christian Woman
What impresses me is how many features of Beyond Sex Roles anticipate (and undoubtedly helped shape) the current egalitarian consensus. One is the insight that gender equality is the goal of a progressively revealed and inexorably restoring movement of God’s Spirit through Scripture and history. Already back in the 1980s Bilezikian was drawing us into this hopeful and compelling vision. And the book was never about just gender. It is infused with the conviction that Christ was, and by his Spirit still is, dismantling all the vertical structures of power and oppression in a fallen human society, in order to make way for one new, liberating and inclusive community of God. The author invites us to live ahead of the curve.
—Glen G. Scorgie, professor of theology, Bethel Seminary
Gilbert Bilezikian is professor emeritus of biblical studies at Wheaton College. He is a charter member and elder at Willow Creek Community Church and the author of a number of books, including Community 101.