Editors note: the following book review appears in the Fall 2021 issue of Eikon.
Dorothy A. Lee. The Ministry of Women in the New Testament: Reclaiming the Biblical Vision for Church Leadership. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2021.
The title is inviting: The Ministry of Women in the New Testament. One would welcome a comprehensive, evenhanded pursuit of what the New Testament reveals about women in service to God and others. It is the subtitle, however, that hints at the actual contents of the book: Reclaiming the Biblical Vision for Church Leadership. The true “Biblical Vision” must be reclaimed, having been hijacked by a misogynic (3, 11, 188), racist (3), abusive (11, 187, 188), idolatrous (182, 185), deceitful (“guise,” 1; “misleading,” 11), “domineering,” and “scummy” (182) theological splinter-group (“a reactionary movement,” 3; led by “Reactionary scholarship,”(122) who are misleading the faithful. The book thus touts…