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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Spring 2018

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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Old Testament Women

Spring 2018

Volume: 32 | Number: 2

Old Testament Texts

This issue explores Old Testament women—Deborah, prophets, the women of Proverbs, and Ruth.


Editor's Reflections | Spring 2018 (32.2)
By: Jeff Miller | April 30, 2018
Someone ought to count the women of the Bible. More to the point, someone ought to count them accurately. I mention this because a quick Internet search reveals significant disparity in the various numbers people give for the women in the Bible. I should not criticize, however, for several difficulties make such counting an impossible [...]

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Deborah: Troublesome Woman or Woman of Valor?
By: Ronald W. Pierce | April 30, 2018
This paper argues that a close reading of Deborah's story and song reveals an ’eshet hayil, a “woman of valor” (cf. Ruth 3:11, Prov 12:4, 31:10). This is evident not only in the direct references to her, but also in the narratives regarding her associates Barak and Jael.

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Women Prophets in the Old Testament
By: Christine Marchetti | April 30, 2018
This article investigates the female prophets of the OT, offering a close examination of their texts and contexts, with attention paid to the ways biblical writers, redactors, and commentators may have minimized their impact.

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Daughter Divine: Proverbs’ Woman of Wisdom
By: Glenn Pemberton | April 30, 2018
Over the past forty years, the remarkable presence of women in Prov 1–9 has drawn an equally remarkable number of studies, a gift from the rise of feminism and women in the academy. The combination of these two forces brings attention to the once invisible women in the text, figures generally overlooked or ignored as males [...]

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Finding “The Proverbs 31 Woman”
By: Hannah Rasmussen | April 30, 2018
Digging deeper into Prov 31:10–31 in context reveals it was never intended to be a how-to manual for becoming the perfect woman. In the context of Proverbs, this passage is the parting mnemonic incentivizing young men to pursue wisdom and marry wisely.

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The Good News According to Ruth
By: Sonja Dixon | April 30, 2018
The story of Ruth is filled with drama; there’s tragedy and triumph, loss and gain, and of course, romance. But this true love is inspired by the source of love, the very heart of God.

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