“Why was Priscilla in the Bible allowed to be a preacher?”
Because Paul wasn’t against women teaching! Let me repeat that again, PAUL WAS NOT AGAINST WOMEN TEACHING!
Now unfortunately, lots of people have no idea how to read or study the Bible and treat verses as if they have zero context or any surrounding verses to explain what a verse means.
Scripture interprets Scripture. Period. Not Jerome. Not the Pope. Not your Bible teacher. Scripture interprets Scripture.
When there looks to be a discrepancy, SCRIPTURE ALONE INTERPRETS SCRIPTURE.
1 Timothy Is About Refuting False Teachers’ Theology
The entire book of 1 Timothy, which is 6 chapters in length, is refuting false teachings and false teachers which have crept into the Church.
1 Timothy 1 begins with a rebuke against false teachings:
“As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.” – 1 Timothy 1:3-4 ESV
1 Timothy 6 ends with a rebuke against false teachings:
“If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.” – 1 Timothy 6:3-5 ESV
Now I know that many people are very poor writers, but such was not the case with Paul’s letters. While many people go off on tangents and insert nonsense in odd places, Paul stayed consistent throughout his letters.
1 Timothy is all about false teachers and how to weed out false teachings. At no point did Paul randomly go off on a tangent for two verses about not allowing women to preach the truth of the gospel.
What people don’t understand is that Paul is responding to a letter that we don’t have asking for advice about a particular situation, which is why 1 Timothy is written as a response with a plan of action to tackle the problems that the Ephesian church was facing.
Read It In The Greek
In 1 Timothy 2, Paul specifically uses the Greek epitrepo, a temporary injunction, against a single particular woman.
Jesus also used this same temporary permission, when He permitted the demons in the Gaderene demoniac to go into the herd of pigs. Did Jesus allow all demons to go into any and all pigs at any time? No! Only these specific demons, at this specific time, were allowed to go into this specific herd of pigs. Jesus didn’t give all demons carte blanche to go into all pigs, likewise, Paul didn’t prohibit all women from speaking in all churches.
After that, in this response, Paul goes on to refute some basic tenets of Gnosticism, such as that Sophia & Eve created Adam and taught him their wisdom.
“For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.” – 1 Timothy 2:13-14
“Eve as Revealer of Gnosis
After the day of rest Sophia sent her daughter Zoe, being called Eve, as an instructor in order that she might make Adam, who had no soul, arise so that those whom he should engender might become containers of light.” – Nag Hammadi (115:31-35), Another Eve
Paul finished it up with refuting another Gnostic teaching that he went on to refute more in depth in 1 Timothy 4, and had already refuted in Corinthians and Colossians – the Gnostic belief that a woman would lose her salvation if she had sex or got pregnant.
“Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.” – 1 Timothy 2:15
Paul was saying that you’ll still be saved through out the duration of your pregnancy – you’re not going to lose salvation for having sex.
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” – 1 Timothy 4:1-3
Paul didn’t forbid women from teaching as you saw with Priscilla (Prisca) and all the other women Paul mentions in Romans 16 and other letters in the New Testament.
Originally posted to Quora on July 8, 2018