Sunday, July 25, 2021

Presbyteras

In the age of domestic churches, it made sense for the presbytera (the wife of the presbyter) to have a quasi-role of leadership in so far as the buildings other than the temple were still part of her home, and so hospitality was primarily her responsibility. But now? What role should a presbytera have when the temple and its associated buildings are clearly the common property of the local ekklesia, even if they are under the supervision of the presbyter (with the help of the deacon)? How is the presbytera different from the older women in the community? Should she be directing them, just because she is the wife of the presbyters? As for filling the role of the ekklesia secretary, that might be a good use of her feminine gifts but would it be appropriate?

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