Themed Study

Women in the Bible

Family – Discussion Questions

Interpretation Questions:

  1. How does 1 Timothy 2:8-15 draw directly from Genesis 3, and how does it diverge?
  2. Why is the woman’s “curse” in Genesis 3 located in her body only, whereas the man’s extends beyond his body to the very earth?
  3. Compare the teaching about childbearing in 1 Timothy with Paul’s teaching about marriage in 1 Corinthians 7. Are these views about family consonant, or do they disagree with one another?

Application Questions:

  1. Adam and Eve do not die on the day they eat of the tree of knowledge, as God threatens in Genesis 2:17. How should we as interpreters understand God’s warning, given that the threat does not come to pass in the way God promises?
  2. Are Adam and Eve a “family” before they eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge? If not, what does this teach us about the role of family in creation?

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