Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Piper & Grudem)

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A controversy of major proportions has spread throughout the church. Now more than ever before, gender roles are openly questioned in the wake of evangelical feminism—a movement that is having a profound impact on society, the home, and the church. In this redesigned edition of an influential and award-winning bestseller, more than 20 influential scholars such as John Piper, Wayne Grudem, and D. A. Carson have committed their talents to produce the most thorough response to date. Combining systematic argumentation with popular application, this volume deals with all of the main passages of Scripture brought forward in this controversy regarding gender-based role differences. Anyone concerned with the fundamental question of the proper relationship between men and women will want to read this book.

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Table of Contents:

Section I: Vision and Overview

1. A Vision of Biblical Complementarity: manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible – John Piper

2. An Overview of Central Concerns: Questions and Answers – John Piper and Wayne Grudem

Section II: Exegetical and Theological Studies

3. Male-Female Equality and Male Headship: Genesis 1-3 – Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.

4. Women in the life and Teachings of Jesus – James A. Borland

5. Head Coverings, Prophecies, and the Trinity: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 – Thomas R. Schreiner

6. ‘Silent in the Churches’: On the Role of Women in 1 Corinthians 14:33b-36  - D.A. Carson

7. Role Distinctions in the Church: Galatians 3:28 – S. Lewis Johnson Jr.

8. Husbands and Wives as Analogues of Christ and the Church: Ephesians 5:21-33 and Colossians 3:18-19 – George W. Knight III

9. What Does It Mean Not to Teach or Have Authority Over Men?: 1 Timothy 2:11-15 – Douglas Moo

10. Wives Like Sarah, and the Husbands Who Honor Them: 1 Peter 3:1-7 – Wayne Grudem

11. The Valuable Ministries of Women in the Context of Male Leadership: A Survey of Old and New Testament Examples and Teaching – Thomas R. Schreiner

12. Men and Women in the Image of God – John M. Frame

13. The Church as Family: Why Male Leadership in the Family Requires Male Leadership in the Church – Vern Sheridan Poythress

14. The Meaning of Authority in the Local Church – Paige Patterson

Section III: Studies from Related Disciplines

15. Church History: Women in the History of the Church - Learned and Holy, but Not Pastors – William Weinrich

16. Biology: The Biological Basis for Gender-Specific Behavior – Gregg Johnson

17. Psychology: Psychological Foundations for Rearing masculine Boys and Feminine Girls – George Alan Rekers

18. Sociology: The Inevitability of Failure - The Assumptions and Implementations of Modern Feminism – David J. Ayers

19. Law: Is it Legal for Religious Organizations to Make Distinctions on the Basis of Sex? – Donald A. Balasa

Section IV: Applications and Implications

20. The Family and the Church: How Should Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Work out In Practice? – George W. Knight III

21. Principles to Use in Establishing Women in Ministry – H. Wayne House

22. The High Calling of Wife and Mother in Biblical Perspective – Dorothy Patterson

23. Where’s Dad? A Call for Fathers with the Spirit of Elijah – Weldon Hardenbrook

24.  Women in Society: The Challenge and the Call – Dee Jepsen

25. The Essence of Femininity – Elisabeth Elliot

Section V: Conclusion and Prospect

26. Charity, Clarity, and Hope: The Controversy and the Cause of Christ (including a response to the statement by Christians for Biblical Equality) – John Piper and Wayne Grudem 



John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for 33 years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than 50 books.

Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Grudem earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, as well as an MDiv from Westminster Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a cofounder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books. 



"In Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, twenty-two men and women commit their talents to produce the most thorough response yet to evangelical feminism. All who are concerned with the fundamental question of the proper relationship between men and women in home, church, and society will want to read this important book." - Association of Theological BooksellersAssociation of Theological Booksellers

"The best book in print today on this subject. A very important contribution in an age that needs to know." - Christian Literature WorldChristian Literature World

"Piper and Grudem have achieved a commendable breadth of subject area supported by clear, specific, and precise treatment-all of which consistently make the case for 'biblically balanced male leadership' in home, church, and society." - Michael G. Maudlin, Discipleship Journal

"Without a doubt this is the most impressive and comprehensive statement of a conservative evangelical understanding of these issues to be published to date. No one seriously involved in seeking a responsible Christian engagement with such concerns can afford to ignore this magisterial undertaking." - Timothy George, Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School; General Editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

"A trumpet-call to the church at large to wake up to the issue. Yet for a book that pulls no punches, it remains reasoned and courteous. It also sets an excellent model in the principles of biblical debate." - Graham Keith, Banner of Truth Trust

"This significant contribution to the ongoing debates over roles and liberties consciously seeks to be governed by Scripture rather than by contemporary culture. Headship by men is a responsibility from God, not a privilege for their own advantage. Much of the confusion of our day is laid at the feet of men who have failed in their role by being either domineering or domesticated. Here is strong medicine for healthy balance with full respect for women and men in their intended roles." - William Smallman, The Baptist Bulletin