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Issue

Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Summer 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)

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.

Fresh Reassessments of Interpretations of the Bible

Summer 2012

Volume: 26 | Number: 3

Fresh Reassessments of Interpretations of the Bible

This issue of Priscilla Papers deals with reassessing trends in biblical interpretation that may have cost all of us a similar price by truncating the full effectiveness of the church of Jesus Christ on earth.

Contents

Editor's Reflections | Summer 2012 (26.3)
By: William David Spencer | July 31, 2012
“Skip a meal, if you must, but buy this book!” That was the professorial exhortation eager students would take to heart when I was in seminary. In those days before personal computers and the various BibleWorks-type programs, the most precious of such must-buy books were the reference books.

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Does the New Testament Name Only Men as Local Church Officers?
By: Philip B. Payne | July 31, 2012
Even if the New Testament identified by name many men and no women as local church officers—in particular, elders, overseers, or pastors—this would not logically exclude women from local church leadership. After all, the New Testament does not name any Gentile men with those titles either. Does this exclude them from those leadership [...]

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A Historian Looks at 1 Timothy 2:11-14
By: J. G. Brown | July 31, 2012
For today’s “traditionalists,” 1 Timothy 2 mandates the subordination of women to men in the church because the headship/submission principle is grounded in the created order, an order that Christianity redeems, but does not alter. Today’s traditionalists/male hierarchists also claim to be upholding the historic interpretation of this passage. New research on early [...]

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The Orthodox Doctrine of the Trinity
By: Kevin Giles | July 31, 2012
The doctrine of the Trinity is the primary doctrine of the Christian faith. It expresses our distinctive Christian understanding of God. Sadly, many contemporary evangelicals are inadequately informed on this doctrine, and the evangelical community is deeply and painfully divided on this matter. In seeking to promote unity among evangelicals by establishing what is to [...]

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Prisca and Aquila
By: William David Spencer | July 31, 2012
Jewels come in unexpected settings. Take Corinth in ancient Greece: more rock than mineral. Rocks piled into rude temples to designer gods. Rocks hewn out with curved grooves where heads were laid so necks could be severed. Rocks scattered down, a Roman highway to bring in refugees from across the world. Rocks propped up for [...]

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Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made in My Darkest Hour
By: Arbutus Sider | July 31, 2012
Gayle Haggard's Why I Stayed is a spellbinding book. My reflections, as I read it, revolved around three separate but related themes—marriage, mutuality, and "healing through meeting." We all see the stories others tell about their lives through the prism of our own. 

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Book Review: Caroline Simon's Bringing Sex into Focus: The Quest for Sexual Integrity
By: Megan K. DeFranza | July 31, 2012
Is it possible to see clearly in the midst of sexual confusion today? Caroline Simon believes it is, provided we take the trouble to submit ourselves for regular vision tests along the way. A valuable addition to any undergraduate course on human sexuality or sexual ethics, Bringing Sex into Focus offers tools and skills for [...]

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