I have never believed that women are somehow inferior or inadequate (lacking the capacity) to lead. My God, you Euro-American Taliban, I have a mother who knew sonething about Bible power. She could read it. She understood it. She taught me to read it. I have not gotten past “If any person (tis, τις) desires the office of bishop…” being treated as “if one of the boys wants to be a bishop…”, or how mothers can excel at home in nurturing and training both boys and girls to follow the Saviour. Paul’s message to Timothy about the quest for bishop’s office is a great eyeopener but it takes a less than thoughtful apostle or prophet to put up road blocks to the usefulness of women in church.
Focus on the function of the word
The Bible was not written for men. Forget that junk. Its message for the human race in every era never settles for the theory that males are the only heroes of faith. Take another look, please. Dare we say that God wants to equip only men (males) for every good work? Who does God want to to teach, reprove, correct and train in righteousness? Who does he want to be adequate (artios, άρτιος, fit for the time)? Males? Not a chance, Taliban.
People are people to God
Anthropology eludes the elitists in religious circles. They believe, without evidence, that the ancient world had two kinds of people: the elect and the disrespected. They do not care about people, all people. People who are themselves shorthanded and nearsighted will want to find someone to help show their elite standing by way of contrast. Leaving women out of anything has never been successful. Ask Moses and the scribes and Pharisees of New Testament times. It has to be that people who think Paul was following Christ by putting restrirtions on women are less than human. The man of God (the anthropos, ανθρωπος) can be any gender.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, anthropos is “person”Paul to Timothy 2:3:16-17
16) All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17) so that the man (ανθρωπος) of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.