New Defender's Study Bible Notes
2:12 not a woman to teach. Paul is not saying that women should never teach, for he later said they should teach the younger women (Titus 2:4), and commended Lois and Eunice for teaching Timothy (II Timothy 1:5; 3:14-15). He knew Priscilla, and evidently approved of her part in teaching Apollos (Acts 18:2,26). The emphasis here (and in I Corinthians 14:34-35) is on authoritative public teaching in the church, a ministry for which God-called men had been specially created. They are not to take over the primary teaching ministry (which would clearly include that of the pastor) from the men.