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What about women?, so asks Nympha in Walsh and Keesmaat’s imaginary dialogue in the church at Colosse (in Colossians Remixed).
Apphia speaks up: it’s about slaves, not women. Nympha: Paul speaks about submission as is fitting “in the Lord”. “Hierarchy is gone” (210). Nothing about women at Jubilee (Apphia). Nympha: Jubilee is Sabbath and women rest on Sabbath, too. Jesus had women followers.
She asks Tychicus to explain Paul’s practice. There are, he says, women in authority in Paul’s churches — Phoebe, Junia, Priscilla, …
Tycichus said he had heard the “no slave nor free” also with a “no longer male and female” but it wasn’t in this letter to Colosse (it’s in Galatians 3).
Paul, Nympha says, is undermining paterfamilias.
W-K then suggest a radical model of educating children — homeschooling.