(First of all, please feel free to move this to another forum here if this isn’t the right place. I’m not sure if it is or not…)
Titus 2:5 (NRSVCE): Women are to be taught to be “sensible, chaste, domestic, kind, and submissive to their husbands, that the word of God may not be discredited.” (emphasis added)
How is this passage NOT saying that a woman’s place is to be at home?? Indeed, other translations render the term “workers at home” and “homemakers”!
There are, however, at least a few translations that render the term in such ways as “busy at home”, though the literal meaning of the term is “home-working”.
If, indeed, something like “busy at home” is meant, does this mean that women are not to have any free time oftheir own, but are always to be working in the home, raising their children or doing other things? Or, maybe she should at least spend the vast majority of her time being “domestic” instead of enjoying herself, even if she could do this without significant detriment to her family/family’s life? Indeed, that would be my definition of “busy”. Or, does this rather mean simply “busy” as in “the opposite of lazy/unreasonably idle”/“not slothful” about her duties to her family so that her family does not suffer because of such laziness/idleness?
I have also proposed tendering the adjective “good” as modifying and not standing apart from “workers-at-home”, so that the phrase is no longer “good, workers-at-home”, but “good workers-at-home” so that the emphasis is not on the fact that they should be “workers-at-home” only but that, when they work in the home, their work should be “good” (exemplary, not lazy or half-hearted, for instance).
What do you guys think of all this? What is the strongest position for the interpretations ofthe passage I have mentioned above? And, why do you consider them the strongest?
Futhermore, what is the Church’s (official?) position on working women/mothers? Has there been any infallible writing ont he subject?
Also, are there any good commentaries addressing this issue? (Of course, I myself am particularly interested in those that might speak in favor of the working women as that has always been my position, though, of course, if stronger arguments can be made for the other side, I am certainly willing to change my position.)