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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Summer 2016

An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal exploring Bible interpretation, theology, church history, and other disciplines as they address a biblical view of women’s equality and justice in the home, church, and world.

"Priscilla and Aquila instructed Apollos more perfectly in the way of the Lord." (Acts 18:26)

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The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CBE International or its members.

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Summer 2016

Volume: 30 | Number: 3

Difficult Texts

In this issue, capable interpreters help us navigate some of the gender-related texts that are difficult even for the most competent biblical scholars.


Editor's Reflections | Summer 2016 (30.3)
By: Jeff Miller | July 31, 2016
Sometimes reading the Bible is a walk in the park. Just as often, however, the Bible presents us with difficult terrain. To expand this metaphor, understanding some texts is like a 5K run. Others are like a 10K. Still others are more like a marathon. Everyone, from the ancient courier Pheidippides to the modern marathon [...]

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1 Timothy 2:8–15 and Gender Wars at Ephesus
By: Tim Foster | July 31, 2016
While it is now generally agreed that 1 Tim 2:8–15 is directed against the heresy that had taken hold within the Ephesian church, the key question is whether the passage is directed against the content of the heresy or is concerned to establish a process that will eventually see the victims corrected and the heresy expunged.  [...]

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What Has Aeneas to Do with Paul?  Gender, Head Coverings, and Ancient Appeals to Origin Stories
By: Heather Gorman | July 31, 2016
For better or worse, 2016 is another year for a United States presidential election. Beyond featuring the ever-increasing polarization in American politics, the election year also highlights how politicians will do just about anything to present themselves as the best candidate. One of the more common rhetorical appeals during election season is the appeal to the [...]

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Revisiting the Clarity of Scripture in 1 Timothy 2:12
By: Jamin Hübner | July 31, 2016
Those who forbid women pastors on the basis of 1 Tim 2:12 illegitimately give the passage the weight of a “clear” text while ignoring the implications of its notorious difficulties.

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Silent in the Churches: A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 14:34–36
By: Brandon Waite | July 31, 2016
Before we get too far into this sermon, I need to say one thing: my brother had it coming. So none of this is my fault. Well, not entirely my fault. It might be his fault. Or my parents’ fault, even, for the whole thing started because they had the audacity to sell their house. [...]

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Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian: A Kingdom Corrective to the Evangelical Gender Debate by Michelle Lee-Barnewall
By: Aída Besançon Spencer | July 31, 2016
Increasingly, one of the latest reactions to the evangelical gender debate among some younger Christian women is “I am neither complementarian nor egalitarian,” inviting the reply: So, then, what are you? And, why do you respond in this way?Michelle Lee-Barnewall, associate professor of biblical and theological studies at Talbot School of Theology at Biola [...]

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