I think Peterson starts off with the obvious assumption that an Apostle must
have Priesthood. I don't think the earliest Christians did have any such
Priesthood (just read what Hebrews 7-8 is implying) although they certainly
claimed authority "in the name of" or "by the power of".
What is the point spending ANY time dissecting these ancient verses when we have
the benefit of a living prophet who can ask God today what he wants the church
to do? I for one am going to wait for divine guidance on this.
I dont think it is so much a matter of could, or should women be ordained to the
priesthood or even if they were ordained to the priesthood in the past...women
do more than enough as it is...do most of them really want to add the
responsibilities of the priesthood to it? I for one am glad I do not have to
worry about priesthood callings...I feel that raising my sons to be priesthood
holders is more important..I do not feel like less of a person because I cant
hold the priesthood...because in my view the mothers of the priesthood holders
have more power..lol.. and the wives...we guide the men to be decent and
honorable...that doesn't make us less...that makes us an equal
helpmate...its like paying tithing...you pay tithing you get blessings, you are
supportive of a priesthood holder or raise a priesthood holder, you also get
blessings...and just like woman need girl time...(relief society) guys need dude
time (priesthood meetings) where they can swap notes on how to be better sons,
husbands, and fathers, without there wives commenting...lol..just my opinion :)
@GreatScot"priestess" is simply what the wife of the priest
or high priest was called. Probably just a bad translation or a cultural thing.
We in The Church of jesus Christ (WHQ: Monongahela, Pennsylvania) ordain women
as deaconesses according to the New Testament pattern of Romans 16:1-2, as noted
below:"I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant
of the church which is at Cenchrea [Greece]:That ye receive her in the
Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath
need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also."The Greek word translated as "servant" is "diakonos" or
deaconess in English - the female counterpart to deacons also mentioned in the
Apostle Paul's writings in the New Testament (1Tim 3:8-13). Both offices
are non-priesthood helps. We have not a few but several hundred (700+)
sisters/women who are ordained deaconesses - a very important and valuable
office.Dr. Peterson's article is correct. The good works of
Paul's "kinsmen" Junia (or Junias) along with Andronicus were
especially being observed or "not[ed]" by the Apostles. That is the
simplest and easiest to understand interpretation.
RE: Some arguing for the ordination of women, point to Paul's mention of
"Junia" at the end of his epistle to the Romans as an example of a
female apostle in the early Christian church.A bishop then must be
blameless, the husband of ’One wife’…;(1 Tim 3:12). The NT
uses the term bishop, elders, and presbyters interchangeably.In
Greek only a difference of accent distinguishes between Junias (male) and Junia
(female). If it refers to a woman, it is possible that she had the gift of
apostleship (not the office).In Greek,Iounias=*Junia which is an
English translation, i.e...Iēsous=*Jesus and Elias=Eli*jah.There isn’t a Greek character for the English letter *J. The KJV
translators mis- transliterated Elijah to Elias in(Mt 11:14; Luke 1:17) . To
avoid confusion, modern translations: NIV, NJKV, NASB and the Catholic Bible
have Elijah instead of Elias . In(D&C 110: 1-16) Elias and
Elijah appear to JS, but in the Bible they are the same person.
A well researched article with lots of references which reminds me why I could
never be a scholar. As important as the scriptures are, even in these latter
days, it goes to show that the written word from eons ago can and will continue
to be used to serve whatever purposes one may want to achieve. That's why
I'm happy to believe in latter day revelation and that there are Prophets,
Seers, and Revelators of today who can speak to us and help keep us on the right
path. Read the scriptures to get the spirit and then Follow the Brethren.
Interesting! Personally, I'm not going to invest too much energy in such
mysteries. Experience has taught us that it's not wise to speculate - as in
the reversal and the official recounting of all policy & statements
regarding Africans & the Priesthood since Brigham Young's time and all
the statements that were made about birth control over the years.
I'm not sure it is fair to say that there is no scriptural precedent. The
term "priestess" appears a number of times in ancient scripture, and is
used by Latter-day Saints in modern times leading one to believe that we do not
yet fully comprehend the concept. God may yet school us in these matters.
Even if the Bible clearly stated that there was a female apostle, you could
always assert that Bible wasn't translated correctly in that instance.
Maintaining what ever you believe to be the God ordained status quo really
isn't that difficult.