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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Winter 2017

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)

Academic Journals

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.


Winter 2017

Volume: 31 | Number: 1


In this issue, scholars write on topics ranging from theology of masculinity, to the Trinity, to what Womanism and Mujerista theology have to say to survivors of sex trafficking.


Editor's Reflections | Winter 2017
By: Jeff Miller | January 31, 2017
The theme of this issue of Priscilla Papers is Theology. The cover photo is Martin Luther, one of the world’s best-known theologians. He is the topic of one of our articles; moreover, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

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Nurturing Voyeurism, Vibrant Sexism, and Violence:  Why We Can’t (Yet) Afford to Forget about Wild at Heart
By: Philip T. Duncan | January 31, 2017
In Wild at Heart we find a space in which sexism and male dominance are not only vibrant, they are nurtured. The pervasive dual-sexism in Wild at Heart draws from complex cultural norms recapitulating modernist ideals about gender and perpetuating consumeristic attitudes toward women.

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Incarnational Friendship: A Feminist-   and Womanist-Inspired Revision of Luther’s “Happy Exchange” Theory of Atonement
By: Joseph Morgan-Smith | January 31, 2017
St. Luke tells us that the women who followed Jesus to the cross “were beating their breasts and wailing for him” (Luke 23:27 NRSV). Some feminist and womanist theologians still wail at the sight of the cross—they reject traditional theories of atonement that regard the torture and death of an innocent man as a [...]

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Against Eternal Submission: Changing the Doctrine of the Trinity Endangers the Doctrine of Salvation and Women
By: D. Glenn Butner | January 31, 2017
As complementarian theologians increasingly speak of the eternal functional subordination of the Son (hereafter EFS), they move a central pillar of the cathedral of Christian doctrine, unaware that such a change could bring down the entire edifice of Christian theology.

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Truth Be Told: Leveraging Mujerista and Womanist Theologies  for Ministry Among Victims and Survivors of Sex Trafficking
By: Valerie Geer | January 31, 2017
What theological insights should inform Christian ministry to victims and survivors of sex trafficking? Female theologians who are well-acquainted with histories of multiple forms of oppression should inform Christian practice. Therefore, mujerista (Spanish for “womanist”) and womanist scholars ought to be at the top of the list.   

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