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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Spring 2011

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.

The cover of Priscilla Papers for this issue features a woman and her child walking through a city in the Middle East

Spring 2011

Volume: 25 | Number: 2

New Testament

In this issue of Priscilla Papers, we want to rediscover and contemplate once more women who lead and minister in the New Testament and the early church.


Editor's Reflections | Spring 2011 (25.2)
By: William David Spencer | April 30, 2011
In his classic study The Cities and Bishoprics of Phrygia, the great archaeologist William M. Ramsay noted that “women-prophets were a feature of the Christianity of Anatolia”—the ancient name for what is generally Turkey today, but which, in New Testament times, included so many of the churches we read about, including the seven churches [...]

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Gender Ontology and Women in Ministry in the Early Church
By: Carol L. Bates | April 30, 2011
One’s ontology of gender underlies both hermeneutic precedence and exegetical considerations. Is human nature divided into two kinds, male and female, or is it a single nature, shared by males and females? The answers to this question drive hierarchist and egalitarian hermeneutics and exegesis.

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What Can We Say About Phoebe?
By: Jeff Miller | April 30, 2011
The conclusion of Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome includes his most extensive catalog of coworkers. In addition to Paul himself, the chapter mentions thirty-seven specific individuals, ten of them women. At the head of this list stands Phoebe:

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Biblical Interpretation and the Epistle to the Ephesians
By: Lisa Baumert | April 30, 2011
Where and how we start in our interpretation of Scripture determines where we will end up. When seeking to understand the relevance of the Bible’s teaching for our lives, interpretive starting points are particularly significant. The method by which we read and derive meaning from Scripture is the fundamental determinant of the nature of [...]

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Priscilla and Plausibility: Responding to Questions about Priscilla as Author of Hebrews
By: Ruth Hoppin | April 30, 2011
Introduction My field of research is Adolf von Harnack’s hypothesis that Priscilla is the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews.1 I argue for the theory. There are two main objections to the Priscilla theory that I want to state and refute in order to assure its plausibility. First, I will acknowledge a couple of […]
The Shepherd
By: H. Edgar Hix | April 30, 2011
I saw the angels. God’s holy angels. It’s all I used to talk about: Angels and the baby with the tired young mother. It was something to see. Scared me to death.

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Book Review: The New Testament in Antiquity
By: Beth M. Stovell | April 30, 2011
The strengths of this volume are numerous. First, students receive a thorough understanding of the cultural, historical, sociological, religious, and geographical contexts from which the New Testament emerged. Burge, Cohick, and Green carefully craft each element so that they are academically complex while suitably accessible, balancing brevity with depth.

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