Does Paul Forbid Women from Teaching?

by John A. “Jack” Crabtree

One of the more difficult interpretive challenges in the New Testament is how one should understand Paul’s statement in 1 Timothy 2:12 which reads (in the NAS translation),  “I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man… .” In this two-talk series (delivered to Reformation Fellowship on December 3 and December 10, 2017 in Eugene, Oregon), Jack Crabtree takes a fresh look at 1 Timothy 2:1–15 in the light of his recent studies in the opening chapters of Genesis. He argues that, contrary to the apparent meaning of Paul’s statement as rendered by our English translations, Paul is not saying (in 1 Timothy 2:12) that he does not allow a woman to teach. To download the audio files of these two talks, click the title for each talk below:

• > >  Does Paul Forbid Woman from Teaching? — Part One (Genesis 2–3)

• > >  Does Paul Forbid Woman from Teaching? — Part Two (1 Timothy 2)

Click HERE for the handout that accompanies Part Two above. The handout is the Greek text and a translation of 1 Timothy 2:11–3:1a with some accompanying notes.



Why Tell It On the Mountain?

by John A. “Jack” Crabtree

Here is a brief Christmas message by Jack Crabtree entitled “Why Tell It On the Mountain?” It was delivered to Reformation Fellowship in Eugene, Oregon on December 17, 2017. In this brief message he summaries the significance of Jesus to our lives, describing what one will need to understand in order to find joy in Jesus’ birth. To download the message, click on the title below.

• > >  Christmas message: “Why Tell It On the Mountain?



Account of the Origins of Mankind—Genesis, Part Two: Translation and Notes

Genesis 2:4b–5:1a

- translation and notes by Jack Crabtree

The second part of Genesis deals with the creation of man, the creation of woman, the murder of Abel by Cain, and the emergence of two distinct spiritual lines of human beings. In the near future, Jack hopes to publish a paper that fully explores how to understand this account in Genesis. That paper, when completed, will reflect and be based on the interpretation of Genesis 2:4b–5:1a that is embodied in this translation and its accompanying notes.

Jack proposes a rather controversial, non-traditional interpretation of this account. Most notably, he rejects the traditional understanding of the fall of mankind and the origin of sin. He sees eating the forbidden fruit as a failed test rather than the beginning and origin of sin. He sees the account as a straightforward, factually-accurate historical account, not an etiological myth. And he proposes that Eve was not tempted by a snake, but by Satan himself.

Click the title above to download this translation and its accompanying translator notes.


Understanding Genesis, Part One: Creation Account

-a paper by Jack Crabtree

Updated version of an earlier paper.

This newer version of an earlier paper seeks to explicate the meaning and significance of the initial creation account in the first chapter of the book of Genesis. It contends that this account is one of the most important passages in the whole of Scripture. To understand the message and the significance of this account is to understand the perspective that underlies everything else that the Bible teaches. If one does not understand the message and the significance of this account, he risks misunderstanding everything else that is found in the Bible.

This updated version contains an additional appendix that explores the exact nature of God’s purpose for creating created reality.

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Understanding Galatians

-a paper by Jack Crabtree

The book of Galatians provides a window into Paul’s understanding of the gospel. In particular, what Paul understands to be the distinguishing mark that characterizes the person who will receive eternal Life and what Paul understands to be the role of the Mosaic Covenant (the Law) in God’s purposes. This is a new version of a paper posted earlier. This version clarifies some questions that were raised by readers of the original version.

UPDATE of earlier version of the paper.

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