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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Autumn 2012

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.

Egalitarian Marriage

Autumn 2012

Volume: 26 | Number: 4

The Power and Blessing of Egalitarian Marriage

This issue of Priscilla Papers is comprised of a variety of excellent pieces on marriage and family. Four appropriate book reviews follow.


Editor's Reflections | Autumn 2012 (26.4)
By: William David Spencer | October 30, 2012
The Stilwells’ Dodge Ram van weighed five tons. Donna Stilwell weighed 115 pounds. Her husband, Richard, was hardly thinking about the comparison when he slid underneath the van to fix the transmission. But, as he worked on it, suddenly it slipped out of park and the vehicle crushed down on him. He could not move. He [...]

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Premarital Counseling
By: Carey McGrath | October 30, 2012
Evangelical Christians can agree: marriage is a foundational relationship ordained and blessed by God. It is the beginning of healthy, stable families and forms the groundwork for children navigating through the world. It provides the basis for their worldview and even for learning about God. Evangelicals also agree that premarital counseling can be a good [...]

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Side by Side
By: Woodrow E. Walton | October 30, 2012
“Side by Side” is a recognized American colloquialism. It is even the title of a song first written and composed by Harry Woods in 1927 and then rereleased in 1953 by singer Kay Starr on Capitol records. “Side by side” is also the intended relationship of man and woman by virtue of creation and is expressed as [...]

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The Image of God in Humanity
By: Noelle Z. Lowry | October 30, 2012
A closer discernment of biblical influence on spousal relationships can help humanity model pervasively the image of God. In his divine image, God created “man” both male and female (Gen 1:27). A new fleshing out of the bare bones of marital oneness can foster health within Christian marriages by exploring biblical matrimonial ideals. Based on the [...]

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The Birthing Spirit, the Childbearing God
By: Beth M. Stovell | October 30, 2012
Within evangelical circles, much discussion is centered on the role of God as Father. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, God is depicted frequently with this paternal metaphor.1 Yet, one should not overlook that God is also depicted with maternal metaphors. Within the Old Testament (OT), these metaphors of God as mother or God [...]

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The Seed of the Woman Will Be Victorious
By: Aída Besançon Spencer | October 30, 2012
The tears of those who love us gently water the cheeks of the earth. Another beautiful bloom turns into a wrinkled seed, they lament. Ah, a premature death, A premature life, Why must it be so?

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Book Review: John Zen's No Will of My Own
By: Olga Soler | October 31, 2012
This small book (75 pages) elucidates a great present-day adversary to biblical justice and equality: patriarchy. The book is written for the Body of Christ. It is the wish of the author to bring consciousness of the subject to church membership and leadership alike. The view here presented is that patriarchy is not merely uncomfortable for [...]

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Dennis R. Hollinger's The Meaning of Sex
By: Megan K. DeFranza | October 31, 2012
Is there any inherent meaning in sexuality, or does sex simply mean whatever we intend it to mean in the moment? Dennis Hollinger, president of Gordan-Conwell Theological Seminary, insists that there is meaning in sexuality—several meanings, in fact, which guide Christian thought and practice.

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KeumJu Jewel Hyun and Cynthia Davis Lathrop's Some Men Are Our Heroes
By: Matthew D. Kim | October 31, 2012
As we journey through life, many of us will be able to recount key individuals who noticed our God-given gifts and potential. Those same individuals not only showed an interest from the sidelines, but they also took proactive measures to mentor us and abet us in pursuing God's dreams for our lives. In Some [...]

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Tim and Anne Evan's Real Life Marriage
By: Judith A. Diehl | October 31, 2012
Real-Life Marriage: It's Not About Me is coauthored by Tim and Anne Evans, a longtime married couple involved in Christian marriage counseling for many years. The Colorado authors open and close their book with an appealing image: "Marriage is a lot like climbing a mountain" (345). This image not only sets the tone of the [...]

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Book Review: The New Evangelical Subordinationism?
By: William David Spencer | October 31, 2012
This new book on the Trinity is not to be missed. It may well prove to be the definitive contemporary reader on the debate over whether the Trinity is stratified according to rank or not—God being equal in substance and equal in rank, authority, and glory or eternally differentiated in these aspects, a difference [...]

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