Paul's Theology Of Sexual Practice: A Study of 1 Corinthians 6:9-20 by Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Bailey, New Testamaent and Middle Eastern scholar.
Some people have claimed that sexual relationships are a side issue, apart from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They insist that Christians can affirm and practice a wide variety of sexual behaviors without compromising the Gospel. In the Nov/Dec issue of Theology Matters, Dr. Ken Bailey demonstrates, in his careful analysis of 1 Corinthians 6, that this assurance is false. Right sexual conduct is an expression of fundamental truths of the Gospel. Attempts to separate sexual behavior from the Gospel deny the Gospel!
By uncovering Paul’s use of the Hebrew technique of literary parallelism in which themes are repeated and compared and contrasted, Dr. Bailey shows how biblical sexual ethics are interwoven with the doctrines of Creation, the Trinity, the Cross, the Resurrection, and the Church. Sexual immorality denies the truths of who Christ is, why he came, what he has done, and who we are in light of our redemption in him. The Gospel not only addresses our spiritual lives but it also involves our physical bodies. The two cannot be separated: spiritual and physical, Gospel and sexual behavior.
Dr. Bailey’s ground-breaking analysis of 1 Corinthians stems from his extensive Middle Eastern and New Testament studies. Dr. Bailey completed degrees in Arabic Language and Literature, and Systematic Theology with a doctorate in New Testament. Ordained by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Dr. Bailey spent 40 years living and teaching in seminaries and institutes in Egypt, Lebanon, Jerusalem and Cyprus.
Dr. Bailey’s most recent book is Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians (2011) from which this article is adapted with permission from InterVarsity Press. Dr. Bailey also presented a version of this article at the Presbyterians for Renewal breakfast at the July 2012 PC(USA) General Assembly. Nov/Dec 2012 Theology Matters ,
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Women in the New Testament: A Middle Eastern Cultural View by Kenneth E. Bailey, Presbyterian Professor of New Testament in Egypt, Lebanon, Jerusalem, and Cyprus. He now lives in New Wilmington, PA. Bailey examines the positive attitudes toward women in the NT: Jesus had women disciples, women were teachers of theology in the NT, NT affirms the presence of women as deacons/ministers in the early church; the NT has women prophets and a woman apostle, women elders. He also looks at the negative attitudes towards women. Jan/Feb 2000 Theology Matters, p. 1
The Women Prophets of Corinth: A study of Aspects of 1 Cor. 11:2-16, by Kenneth E. Bailey. Bailey writes, "Within the larger question of the place of women in the New Testament, this passage is of critical importance. All across church history various voices have found 'regimental colors' or even 'battle cries' in these verses... Jan/Feb 2000 Theology Matters p. 11