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The Role of Women in the Messianic Assembly

By Tim Hegg

The Role of Women in the Messianic Assembly

The role of women in the Messianic Assembly has become a very important topic in our times—and rightly so. After all, this issue involves people. More than that, it involves the Kehilah (Congregation) which belongs to Messiah and therefore enters upon the question of His glory. Further, the Scriptures have much to say on the place of women in the Messianic Assembly. And, even if the contemporary scene did not place so much emphasis upon this issue, we should be obliged to study it for the sheer sake of knowing the mind of God as revealed in His Holy Word.

Nevertheless, this issue is not always easy to discuss. Emotions often run high, since the questions which need to be asked are often very personal and relate to feelings and fears many of us carry with us wherever we go. What is more, depending upon what conclusions we reach, our life patterns and thinking may have to change—for some, that change may be dramatic. Add to this the tendency to human pride (and thus the hesitancy to admit error) and this subject has all the makings of an emotional time-bomb.

 

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Tim Hegg

President / Instructor

Tim graduated from Cedarville University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Bible, with a minor in Philosophy. He entered Northwest Baptist Seminary (Tacoma, WA) in 1973, completing his M.Div. (summa cum laude) in 1976. He completed his Th.M. (summa cum laude) in 1978, also from NWBS. His Master’s Thesis was titled: “The Abrahamic Covenant and the Covenant of Grant in the Ancient Near East”. Tim taught Biblical Hebrew and Hebrew Exegesis for three years as an adjunct faculty member at Corban University School of Ministry when the school was located in Tacoma. Corban University School of Ministry is now in Salem, OR. Tim is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature, and has contributed papers at the annual meetings of both societies. Since 1990, Tim has served as one of the Overseers at Beit Hallel in Tacoma, WA. He and his wife, Paulette, have four children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.