He describes early Pauline Christianity and the role of women as fellow workers and apostles, the role of gender in prophecy and the role of prophecy in the priestly state, the particularities of 1 Corinthians 14
, the gospels and the ministry of women, the role of women in present-day Catholicism and Anglicanism, Jesus and the priesthood of his day, and the relationship between gender and enfranchisement.
When Paul discusses glossolalia in 1 Corinthians 14
, it is clear that non-Christians are present when the entire assembly gathers (1Cor 14:23-25).
Given the fact that, in his reading, the broad sweep of scripture endorsed women as legitimate preachers of divine truth, Straton maintained that texts like 1 Corinthians 14
:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-12, which command silent submission from women, "must not really so teach but, properly understood, and given their due setting ...
Therefore 1 Corinthians 14
cannot be harmonized with chapter 11.
"Pursue love and strive for the spiritual gifts," Paul writes at the beginning of 1 Corinthians 14
. I think he means that Christians should keep two things in view: (1) "pursue love (agape)" and (2) "strive for the spiritual gifts (pneumatika)." Too many craved spiritual gifts and wanted to use them without having agape as their end or aim.