Book Review -- By: Gretchen Gaebelein Hull
Beyond The Curse, Aida Besançon Spencer, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1985 (available through CBE boot service)
Subtitled “Women Called to Ministry,” Dr. Spencer’s book presents a new look at Scripture’s description of women’s roles. She writes, “Whole dimensions of God, ministry, education and theology are being obscured and ignored if women are not properly trained, men invited, even more so welcomed, to participate as significant and affirmed once they do lead.” Dr. Spencer reminds the reader the “God has often surprised the church by the workers He sent out.”
This book contains a challenging essay by William Spencer, Dr. Spencer’s husband, “Equaling Eden: A Practical Male Afterword” outlines this couple’s down-to-earth application of shared ministry and marriage.
Aida Besançon Spencer is Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She holds the M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. In New Testament from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Both she and her husband are ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. They have one son.
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