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"The fact that these stories are remembered and included at all within the canonical witness suggests that, already in ancient Israel, patriarchy is not conceived in absolute terms, and more importantly, that there is an implicit recognition in Scripture that God raises up both men and women as leaders for the covenant people, often in contrast to traditional societal expectations."    - Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships ; James V. Brownson


The overall movement of the moral logic of Scripture with respect to patriarchy is thus away from roles defined by household responsibilities in the ancient world — including the divisions of honor, status, and worth defined along gender lines — and toward a vision of mutuality and equality in which the procreative enterprise of male and female no longer defines human identity at its core.    - Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships ; James V. Brownson


The same dynamics can be seen in the nineteenth-century debate over slavery and the twentieth-century debate concerning women in leadership in the church. In each of these cases, the Bible was not simply discarded when it didn’t cohere with changes happening in society. Instead, the changes happening in society and across cultures caused people to go back to the biblical texts and read them with fresh eyes — looking more deeply and searching for different underlying values and forms of moral logic that they had not seen so clearly before.    - Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships ; James V. Brownson


We do not interpret rightly any single passage of Scripture until we locate the text within this larger fabric of meaning in Scripture as a whole.    - Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships ; James V. Brownson


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