Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: Women Deacons

Women likewise (v.11), that is, women deacons. Serious, not slanderers, sober, faithful in everything. What he required of the men he requires similarly of the women as well: just as he said the deacons were to be serious, so too they must be serious; and as he bade the former not be double-tongued, so too he bade them not be slanderers; and as he required of the former not to indulge in wine to excess, so too he directed them to be sober.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on 1 Timothy, Chapter 3, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, p. 219-20 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.