Some verses in Paul's letters mislead women into thinking that God considers them to be inferior beings—passages such as, "I do not allow a woman to teach," "A woman must not speak in the ecclesia," "Man came before woman," and so forth. In Eve Raised, Martin Zender turns orthodoxy on its head, demonstrating that, not only do these verses not disparage women, they actually show woman to be a superior creation worthy of protection.
"My goal in writing is not only to tell the truth, but to cause that truth to soothe and heal hurt feelings between the genders. The misconstruing of Paul’s “women can’t teach” passages have turned women not only against God and Paul, but against men. Some men have deserved it. They have treated women—at least in their attitudes—as second-class saints. These passages, to men, have become text-weapons with which to belittle the female rather than protect and cherish her. The males, flattering themselves, read Paul’s words and crown themselves kings. Strange. These passages, rightly grasped, make the men dedicated guardians of the fair sex.
Let us together-pull—men and women— with new understanding. " --Martin Zender