Every once in a while we encounter the issue of women teaching men, as some are under the erroneous impression that they cannot.
While some Bible passages might sound a little confusing, we must remember to look at the context, and compare them to other passages - which we have done in this article on our website.
One example featured in our article concerns Titus 2, which some insist explicitly states that women cannot teach men. But let’s look at the context:
Titus 2:3. And so also the elder women that they be in behavior as is becoming to the Fear of Elohim; and not to be slanderers; and not to be addicted to much wine; and to be teachers of beautiful things, 4. making the younger women to be modest, to love their husbands and their children, 5. to be chaste and Set Apart and to take good care of their households and to be obedient to their husbands, so that no one may reproach the Word of Elohim. (AENT)
In 1 Timothy, Rav Shaul commands that women keep silent in the assembly and not assume authority over a man. However, here in Titus 3:2, the older women are instructed to lead by examples of their own piety and to teach the younger women in the Fear of Elohim. (The word malpan most certainly means to teach.) Y’shua is frequently called a Malpana almost as often as he is called a “Rabbi.”
The concern in 1 Timothy seems not so much about women speaking, but to not speak out of turn while the official leader is teaching. Surely, such action is disrespectful universally; neither is it normal for men to be given such liberty.
Rav Shaul (Paul) encourages the older and spiritually mature women to both teach and be examples for the younger women, as they are able to help safeguard young men and women from “worldly lusts.” We don’t see endorsement of women congregational leaders in Paul’s writings, but we certainly do see encouragement for women to exercise leadership in modesty and be Set Apart unto YHWH.