Women, Ministry, and Scripture (Part 2)


Last week, we kicked off our Seven Minute Seminary series with Ben Witherington III on women, ministry, and scripture, and today Dr. Witherington rounds out the discussion with part two.

Dr. Witherington explains why women should have leadership roles in the Church. He addresses the so called “problem passages” and explains them within the context of the ancient world.


Dr. Witherington joined the Asbury Seminary faculty in 1995. A prolific author, Dr. Witherington has written more than 40 books and six commentaries. He is a John Wesley Fellow for Life, a research fellow at Cambridge University and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for the Study of the New Testament and the Institute for Biblical Research. In his leisure time, Dr. Witherington appreciates both music and sports. It is hard to say which sound he prefers: the sophisticated sonance of jazz sensation Pat Metheny or the incessant tomahawk chant of the Atlanta Braves faithful. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, he is a dedicated Tar Heels basketball and football fan. He and his wife, Ann, have two children.


  1. […] Ben Witherington tackles this issue in two videos as part of our Seven Minute Seminary series. He uses important historical background to help explain the meaning of texts in a way that avoids the contradictions that ensue when using Scripture to limit women’s roles in ministry. He makes the case that we should be looking for trajectories of change and difference in contrast to conventional cultural values (Part 1, Part 2). […]