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Theodoret of Cyrrhus (in Syria 393 – 458)

by John Wijngards

On 1 Tim 3,11. “The women likewise”, that is to say, the [women] deacons [τας διακονους], “must be serious, no slanderers, but temperate, faithful in all things”. What he prescribed for men, [he prescribed] in similar terms equally for women. For just as he required [male] deacons to be ‘serious’, so he required women [deacons] to be serious. Just as he required [male] deacons not to be ‘double tongued’, so he required the women [deacons] to be ‘no slanderers’. Just as he required [male] deacons not to be ‘addicted to much wine’, so he required the women [deacons] to be temperate.(1)

Reference

1. Interp. pist. I ad Tim. 3:II; Migne, Patrologia Graeca, vol. 82, col. 809.