Unformatted text preview: As far as the other issue goes, I don’t think that something having signs is mutually exclusive from something happening unexpectedly. The signs that Paul predicts will happen were vague enough that no one can really decipher exactly what they will be, hence the Parousia will still be a surprise. My question pertains to the letter to the Ephesians under Instructions for Living in the World. In it, Paul insists on a domestic hierarchy where man is the head of the woman. But he then tells the men to honor their wives as treasured equivalents of themselves. What does Paul mean by this? Is it that only the husband should treat his wife as an equal, but everyone else, including the wife, should see her as the lesser of the two? I just found this really confusing and contradicting....
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- Spring '11
- New Testament, Second Coming of Christ, Authorship of the Pauline epistles, official Pauline doctrine, Later Pauline Letters