Rather than start with the problem texts of 1 Cor 14:34-5 and 1 Tim 2:11-12, Scot proposes that we look at what did actually do in the OT – and then move on to what they did do in the NT [next chapter].
The big story is that the mutuality and oneness of creation between male and female becomes distorted into control, otherness, rivalry, and domination. Rather than perpetuate this fallen condition, the church should be doing its theology within the theological narrative of Scripture. And this is a story of restoring oneness; from creation to new creation.
And a big part of that story is the Old Testament and three significant examples of OT women are:
Miriam:- the prophetess and co-leader of Israel (Micah 6:4)
Deborah:- the prophet, ruler, judge, military leader. ‘Deborah was a woman leader of the entire people of God’
Huldah:- the woman prophet amongst male prophets (2 Kings 22)
McKnight’s conclusion: in the OT woman spoke for God and led the nation. And as the story continues we should expect increasing restoration of oneness and mutuality – and that is what we see in the NT.