A DIACONAL MINISTRY OF WOMEN IN LIGHT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT (Diakonskie poslugiwanie kobiet w swiadectwie Nowego Testamentu)
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The theme of the diaconal ministry of women has not been discussed in any article in the area of the polish biblical researches, as yet. The present essay tries to fill this gap by analyzing the three texts: Rom 16:1-2; Phil 1:1 and 1 Tim 3:11. The witness of Rom 16:1-2 provides the exegetes with the richest data concerning the theme of the diaconal ministry of women in the Pauline communities about the middle of the 1st century. The reference to the diaconal ministry made with the use of technical expression 'diakonoi' points not only to male but also to female ministers in the Church of Philippi. The diaconal ministry of women consisted in guiding the local churches and maintaining connections between them.
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