Questions concerning the relationship between Christianity and contemporary feminist concerns are an area of intense and often perplexing disagreement. Nowhere is this more true than on the particular issue of whether the Bible affirms patriarchalism as normative for contemporary Christian life. While the existence of patriarchal structures in the Christian Scriptures is obvious, there is a highly-nuanced debate as to whether this patriarchalism is presented as something to be recommended or rejected. A clear conception of the major positions in this debate is necessary to understand the numerous related issues in the ongoing dialogue about Christianity and women. The purpose of this article is to provide a typology of the contemporary distinct positions regarding the relationship of the Word of God (that is, the essential teachings of Scripture) and the patriarchalism present in Scripture.