So in short, you are saying, the apologists say, it was good to keep women from being equals back in olden times but not now?<quoted text>Interpretation of this passage is typically considered complex. N.T. Wright says that 1 Timothy 2 is the "hardest passage of all" to exegete properly. A number of interpretive approaches to the text have been made by complementarians and egalitarians. Vital to remember is that this writing is only one side of a letter written by Paul, and directed at a particular group. Therefor, interpretations are limited to one sided information with no record of the associated correspondence to which Paul was responding. Forming a conclusion on such limited information will be empirically impossible. Best practice would be to place Paul's letters into context with the Torah which he declared to love. The following is a collections of opinions.
Egalitarian and complementarian interpretive approaches to the text typically take the following forms.
Socio-cultural: egalitarians argue that the text was intended for a specific socio-cultural environment which no longer exists and that the text is therefore not relevant to modern churches(typically rely heavily on historical reconstructions using extra-biblical sources); complementarians argue that the socio-cultural environment (while relevant), does not restrict the application of the verse to a specific time and place in the past
Lexical: egalitarians argue that the meaning of the key word in the text, authenteō, does not support the exclusion of women from authoritative teaching positions in the congregation; complementarians argue that the meaning of this word in its context indicates that Paul did not wish women to have authority over men in the church
Hermeneutical: egalitarians argue that the text was intended only to limit women for a specific temporary duration, or that it was intended only to limit uneducated women who were unfit to speak in the congregation; complementarians argue that hermeneutical considerations indicate the text is universal in its application to Christian congregations
To bad Paul did not make this clear. It is as if a perfect god did not inspire the writings after all.
They are so imperfect, it has lead to thousands of years of women being treated as lesser to men by mandate of a god.
It was wrong then, and it is wrong now. Humans are human, men and women both, and never was there a time when women should have not been able to teach men.
The men who wrote the bible were misogynist.
The bible is very black and white. If it were truly perfect, that would not be a problem so much.