DIAKONON in Romans 16:1

Maurice A. O'Sullivan mauros at iol.ie
Thu Mar 28 05:53:11 EST 2002

At 08:25 28/03/02, B. Ward Powers wrote:

>There is no more a distinction to be drawn between men and women by using 
>the terms "deacon" and "deaconess" than there is justification for 
>referring to male and female believers as "Christian" and "Christianess".

A good point -- but only if one assumes that there were male and female 
deacons, exercising the same office; assume that the offices were separate 
and distinct and then the term "deaconess"  can be justified.

It is the latter assumption which underlies the title of:
Martimot, Aime Georges. Deaconesses: An Historical Study. San Francisco: 
Ignatius Press, 1986.

Nevertheless, a good deal of useful information on the patristic and 
Byzantine  background  to be found in this book.

Maurice A. O'Sullivan  [ Bray, Ireland ]
mauros at iol.ie

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