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Is Phoebe a Deacon and Authoritative Patron?

Is Phoebe a Deacon and Authoritative Patron?

Women in the New Testament: Answering the Critics

Part 2 of our series focuses on Phoebe in Romans 16:1-2. Arguments are made that Phoebe was an official deacon of the church and that, as a prostatis, she had authority over men in the church.

This lesson examines these arguments, the text itself, the possible translations of the words at issue, and evaluates whether a true contradiction exists in this instance.