Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

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Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
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Author John Piper and
Wayne Grudem eds.
Country United States
Language English
Genre Christianity
Publisher Crossway Books
Publication date
1st 1991; 2nd 2006
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 576
ISBN 978-1-58134-806-4 (2006)
OCLC 77531152
Preceded by Danvers Statement
What's the Difference?
Followed by Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism (or RBMW) is a collection of articles on gender roles, written from an evangelical perspective, and edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem. Crossway Books published the book in 1991 for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW). (CBMW, an international interdenominational evangelical Christian organisation, has a board and staff committed to a view of gender roles they dub complementarian.[1] Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood won Christianity Today's Book of the Year award in 1992.[2]


Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood presents its essays in five sections:

  1. Vision and Overview (2 essays)
  2. Exegetical and Theological Studies (12 essays)
  3. Studies from Related Disciplines (5 essays)
  4. Applications and Implications (6 essays)
  5. Conclusion and Prospect (1 essay)

It also contains two appendices — an essay by Wayne Grudem and the Danvers Statement, and a Prefatory essay by John Piper.

What's the Difference?[edit]

The first chapter of the book, "Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible" by Piper, had been published separately as What's the Difference? in 1990.[3] It has since been reprinted multiple times, and a DVD version and study guide for small groups are also available from Crossway.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "If one word must be used to describe our position we prefer the term complementarian, since it suggests both equality and beneficial differences between men and women. We are uncomfortable with the term 'traditionalist' because it implies an unwillingness to let Scripture challenge traditional patterns of behaviour, and we certainly reject the term 'hierarchicalist' because it overemphasizes structured authority while giving no suggestion of equality or the beauty of mutual interdependence." Piper and Grudem, "Preface", in RBMW (1991): xiv.
  2. ^ "Wayne Grudem, Theologian". The King's College. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  3. ^ John Piper, "Manhood and Womanhood defined according to the Bible"

Further reading[edit]

  • Wayne Grudem (editor). Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 2002. [Essays from CBMW's 2000 conference]

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