Christians for Biblical Equality

Man And Woman, One In Christ  (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 2009)

This book is a careful exegetical examination of Paul's teachings regarding women and their standing and ministries in the church and home. It is the condensation of 35 years of research on this topic and is full of insights that shed new light on a host of issues and correct many misconceptions. This work rigorously analyzes both the text of Paul's statements and the meaning of the text through penetrating exegetical study. It affirms the complete reliability of all of Paul's teaching.

The work begins with an examination of the influences on Paul, then it explores Paul's many statements about women who were his colleagues in ministry and Paul's theological principles that undergird his affirmations of the equal standing of man and women in Christ. In light of Paul's practice, it examines each of Paul's statements regarding the standing of women and their ministry in the church.
The book concludes that Paul is consistent in both his practice and his principles, affirming the equal standing of man and woman in Christ.
“The most comprehensive and well-reasoned contribution by an individual evangelical scholar in the modern history of the debate.”  - Professor Ron Pierce, Biola University
“Philip Payne brings decades of meticulous research to its proper culmination in a compelling and thoroughly biblical demonstration that Paul the apostle to the Gentiles was a wholehearted supporter of women serving in any and all sorts of ministerial roles they are called and gifted to undertake. This book deserves the highest commendation.”
-Ben Witherington III, Asbury Theological Seminary
“Philip Payne's treatment of New Testament manuscripts and textual criticism, especially in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, is meticulously formulated, cogently argued, and of lasting significance.”
-Eldon J. Epp, Harvard Divinity School
"Philip Payne ... is a very good NT scholar and this topic -- exegesis of
specific texts about women in the NT -- has been his specialty. Two points
need to be made: first, every Pauline text that deals with women is
subjected to careful scrutiny, and this means this book is a must-read for
anyone doing serious study or preaching about these texts. Second, Phil's
contention is that Paul consistently champions equality in Christ for both
men and women. Simply put, this is the most technically proficient study
ever published on women in the Pauline texts."
Scot McKnight, North Park College, Chicago.