ISBN 9789996066856
Pages 273
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2023
Publisher Luviri Press, Malawi
Format Paperback

Let My People Go!

A Biblical and Cultural Study of Women in the Church in Central Malawi

by Phoebe Faith Chifungo

"Let My people go and serve Me regardless of sex" is the ultimate appeal from God. Unfortunately, some cultural practices and wrong interpretations of the Bible have excluded some, especially women, from attaining key leadership roles. Culturally, women are considered second class and men's property, source of evil and "weaker vessels." A wrong interpretation of the scriptures has sidelined women from obtaining decision making positions. This is the result of what may be called, "a One-Dimensional Approach," and a recommendation is made to "re-read" the biblical texts as well as Chewa culture and the history of the synod with a "Multi-Dimensional Approach" in which the literary, theological-rhetorical and historical-cultural aspects are all considered, because this approach liberates the oppressed and the marginalized.

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About the Author

Phoebe Faith Chifungo

Phoebe Faith Chifungo is a gender activist, academician, conference speaker and prolific preacher. Currently she serves as Dean of Academics and lecturer at the University of Livingstonia. She has authored and published academic papers in different journals. She has also worked for "Church and Society" of the CAP Nkhoma Synod and for the Evangelical Association of Malawi. She is a member of the National Integrity Committee of the Anti-Corruption Bureau representing the women pillar. Phoebe is serving in different boards, including the Board of Trustees of the Theological Society of Malawi, Malawi and Scotland Partnership, Muni Press and Life Ministry. She is also the chairperson of the steering committee of CCM of Tear Fund UK. She holds a PhD, MA and PGD from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and a BA from ABC Malawi.