obsolete expression of it. Se we are not to rest in external precepts respecting woman?s hair, dress and speech but to find the underlying principle of modesty and subordination which alone is of universal and eternal validity. Robert Browning, the Ring the Book, 1:255 ? ?God breathes, not speaks, his verdicts, felt not heard ? Passed on successively to each court I call Man?s conscience, custom, manners and all that make More and more effort to promulgate, mark God?s verdict in determinable words, Till last come human jurists ? solidify Fluid results ? what?s fixable lies forged, Statute, the residue escapes in fume, Yet hangs aloft a cloud, as palpable To the finer sense as word the legist welds. Justinian?s Pandects only make precise What simply sparkled in men?s eyes before, Twitched in their brow or quivered on their lip, Waited the speech they called, but would not come.? See Mozley, Ruling Ideas in Early Ages, 104; Tulloch, Doctrine of Sin, 141-144; Finney, Systematic Theology, 1- 40, 135-319; Mansel, Metaphysics, 378, 379; H. B. Smith, system of Theology, 191-195
Paul?s injunction to women to keep silence in the churches ( <461435>1 Corinthians 14:35, 1Tim 2:11, 12) is to be interpreted by the larger law of gospel equality and privilege ( <510311>Colossians 3:11). Modesty and subordination once required a seclusion of the female sex, which is no longer obligatory. Christianity has emancipated woman and has restored her to the dignity, which belonged to her at the beginning. ?In the old dispensation, Miriam and Deborah and Huldah were recognized as leaders of God?s people and Anna was a notable prophetess in the temple courts at the time of the coming of Christ. Elizabeth and Mary spoke songs of praise for all generations. A prophecy of <290228>Joel 2:28 was that the daughters of the Lord?s people should prophesy, under the guidance of the Spirit, in the new dispensation. Philip the evangelist had ?four virgin daughters, who prophesied? ( <442109>Acts 21:9), and Paul cautioned Christian women to have their heads covered when they prayed or prophesied in public ( <461105>1 Corinthians 11:5), but had no words against the work of such women. He brought Priscilla with him to Ephesus, where she aided in training Apollos into better preaching power ( <441826>Acts 18:26). He welcomed and was grateful for the work of those women who labored with him in the gospel at Philippi ( <500403>Philippians 4:3). And it is certainly an inference from the spirit and teachings of Paul that we should rejoice in the efficient service and sound words of Christian women today in the Sunday School and in the missionary field.? The command ?And he that heareth let him say, Come? (Revelations 22:17) is addressed to women also. See Ellen Batelle Dietrick, Women in the Early Christian Ministry; per contra, see G. F. Wilkin, Prophesying of Women, 183-193.
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