OWING MILLS, Md. (PRWEB) January 14, 2013
The role of women in the church is perhaps one of the most controversial topics that anyone could tackle. Denominations are divided over whether or not women can preach, give sacraments, teach or even speak out in a service. The debate is complicated even more by the cultural shifts in the roles of women that have occurred in the past 2000 years. However, there are Bible verses that actually speak to the question of whether women can preach the Word of God.
Your Women Did Prophesy written by Dr. Ambrose E. Edebe documents evidence for biblical and historical precedent for women’s participation in preaching and prophesying ministries. It cites specific activities of women as recorded in the New Testament, apocryphal writings, and a selection of early church fathers that refer to the first two centuries. The focus of this book is on the activity of women rather than on opinions expressed about the role of women. It uses the historical critical method of interpretation applied to ancient primary sources. The attempt has been to view these sources in light of their contexts with comments from secondary sources. It reflects upon preaching issues and practices of today as they grow out of the research.
Dr. Edebe’s findings are of a rich heritage of women preachers within the Christian tradition. To date, the church has neglected this aspect of its history. If it includes women in the foundation of its teaching and preaching ministries, the stronger and more balanced the structure of the church will be. Clergy and laywomen particularly benefit from an inclusive church in that their own rootedness in the faith is strengthened by knowledge of these foremothers. The whole church will benefit from this knowledge as it will begin to see itself as growing in wholeness as reflected in creation (Gen. 1:27).
Your Women Did Prophesy contains helpful information that is suitable for studies in the local church. It is also useful for preaching the Word of God, as it enlarges the church’s concept of women in the scripture.
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About the Author
Dr. Ambrose E. Edebe was ordained as a minister of the Morning Star Church of Nigeria in 1980. He served as the general secretary of the United Kingdom parishes from 1985 to 1995. From 1992 to 1995, he also served as an administrative officer with the UK Department of Education in London, England. In 1990, he was awarded the Fellowship of the College of Teachers, England, for a research thesis in education. After relocating to the United States in 1995, Dr. Edebe served at the Baltimore City Department of Social Services and retired as the district manager of the department in 2009. He currently serves as the president of Trinity Professional Services, LLC in Maryland, USA. He is an examiner for the Maryland High School Diploma examinations. In 1996, he was commissioned as a notary public by the governor of Maryland. In April 2012, he was commissioned as a Christian worker with Jesus House Baltimore, a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He has earned various academic and professional qualifications, including a PhD in theological studies. He received various citations and awards and he is a member of different professional organizations. He is a dynamic preacher, teacher, author, and a regular speaker in national and international conferences. He is married to Josephine; and they are blessed with four children: Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth, and Samuel.
Your Women Did Prophesy * by Dr. Ambrose E. Edebe, PhD
Publication Date: 11/9/2012
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