The Hermeneutics of Evangelical Feminism

Paul Felix | August 25, 2009

An evangelical feminist is one who has a high view of Scripture and believes the Bible teaches the full equality of men and women without role distinctions between the two. Their principles for interpreting Scripture differ markedly from those of the advocates of role differences for men and women. A comparison of evangelical feminists’ principles with the grammaticohistorical method of interpretation clarifies what and how great they deviate from traditional views of a woman’s role in church and at home. The disputed principles include the issues of ad hoc documents, interpretive centers, the analogy of faith, slavery as a model for the role of women, culturally biased interpretation, cultural relativity, and patriarchal and sexist texts. An examination of these issues shows evangelical feminist hermeneutics to fall short of the grammatico-historical method of interpretation.

Vol. 5, no. 2 (Fall 1994)

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Felix, Paul. "The Hermeneutics of Evangelical Feminism." The Master's Seminary Journal 5, no. 2 (Fall 1994): 159-84.