The Fall of Patriarchy – 2005

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The Fall of Patriarchy: It’s Broken Legacy Judged by Jesus & the Apostolic House Church Communities is the first and only analysis by an evangelical author on the neglected and misunderstood theme of patriarchy–viewed from its historical, sociological, and cultural realities in view of the biblical data on gender equality.

What the Book is About

Del Birkey links Evangelical and Roman Catholic views of patriarchy, not because they are based upon the biblical text, but because they share a common Western patriarchic tradition. Through careful exegesis and close examination of early church history, he argues that, in effect, both . . . have read their own culture into the biblical text . . . . This book is a wonderful example how in our devotion to the Bible, we apply it uncritically to the modern world . . . with a cultural agenda that has been influenced by more than 3,000 years of tradition.

Dean Arnold (in Foreword)

Professor of Anthropology, Wheaton College

What Some Say

Discriminatory practices that impair community life among Christians are frequently denounced by authors in quest of biblical equality. This book takes the thoughtful reader a step further. It identifies the root cause of such practices as the systemic curse of the patriarchal rule that resulted from the Fall.

Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian

Wheaton College

I warmly recommend this book to all concerned to understand what patriarchy is and how it may express itself harmfully in the modern Christian family and church.

Dr. Alan Johnson

Wheaton College


  1. Encountering a Patriarchal Ruse
  2. The Inevitability of Primitive Patriarchy
  3. Patriarchy as a Fallen Worldview
  4. Christ Against the Patriarchy
  5. Paul Against the Patriarchy
  6. The Post-Apostolic Fathers & Ecclesiastical Patriarchy
  7. The Fourth Temptation: A Categorical (Male) Authority
  8. Gender Patriarchy & the Good News

Appendix A

  • Patriarchalism and the Word of God–Six Views

Appendix B

  • Contrastive Summaries on Patriarchy and the Gender Debate by authors Rebecca Merrill Groothuis, Kevin Giles, William Webb, Susan Sumner, and W. Bradford Wilcox

Appendix C

  • The Current State of House Church Studies

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