Women and Church Eldership


We have already seen that Mrs. Deborah Lapidoth (Judg. 4:4a), who 'judged' Israel (Judg.4:4b), was not an "Elder" (see section nine above). As a "Non-Elder" — Deborah was neither a "Ruling Elder" nor a "Teaching Elder" alias a "Preacher" (I Tim. 5:17). We are never told that Mrs. Lapidoth ruled in the sanctuary, but merely that "the children of Israel came up to her for judgment" (mishpot) alias for advice — and not to a law-court but to a "palm-tree" at "the place where she dwelt" (Judg. 4:5).