Women Speaking In Bible Class

A querist asks, “From the Bible, can you please tell me whether or not women have the authority to speak in a Bible class?”

Yes, a woman can speak in Bible class as long as she does not “teach or to have authority over a man” (1 Timothy 2:11-12), i.e., teaching a Bible class where men are present.

The word, “teach” in 1 Timothy 2:12, is from the Greek word, “didasko” defined by Thayer’s Greek Lexicon to mean: “Deliver didactic discourses.” The teaching here prohibited is such that involves the improper exercise of authority “over a man.

One of the qualifications of an evangelist is to “rebuke with all authority” (Titus 2:15), therefore women cannot serve in the capacity of an evangelist (preacher).

She may, however, instruct and not violate the provisions of this passage. Priscilla, assisted by her husband, Aquila, took Apollos aside and “expounded (Gk. Ektithemi — to set forth, declare, expound) unto him the way of God more perfectly” (Acts 18:26 KJV), yet did not deliver “a didactic discourse.

Neither do our sisters in Bible classes today violate 1 Timothy 2:12 as they teach other women and children. They do, however, “set forth, declare, expound” God’s Word, as did Priscilla. What the Lord required of her, He does not forbid sisters in Christ to do today. On the contrary, He commands it (Titus 2:3-4 KJV).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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