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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Summer 2010

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.

Forging an Evangelical Egalitarian Hermeneutic

Summer 2010

Volume: 24 | Number: 3

Forging an Evangelical Egalitarian Hermeneutic

This issue of Priscilla Papers explores the kinds of topics needed to create a more unified, intentional, and recognizable evangelical and egalitarian methodology.

Contents

Editor's Reflections | Summer 2010 (24.3)
By: William David Spencer | July 30, 2010
Many decades ago, while I was still a young and brash student, I happened to read about a book being assembled analyzing a variety of interpretive approaches to literature. With all the gall of a neophyte, I contacted the editors, pointed out they were missing a chapter on “Christian interpretation,” suggested I could supply that [...]

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Asking the Wrong Questions
By: Jeff Miller | July 30, 2010
Interpretation is a complex adventure. The reader compounds this complexity, in part by asking (and not asking) certain questions. Such questions guide and sometimes limit or even obstruct the interpretive process. Interpreters have tended to ask certain specific questions concerning Paul’s words about women. This article examines two such questions and finds them wanting.

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On Developing a Consistent Hermeneutical Approach to the Application of General Scriptures
By: Cynthia Long Westfall | July 30, 2010
The passage on spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians reflects the Holy Spirit’s primary role in the distribution of the gifts. However, the evangelical church has had a dominant hermeneutical approach where a certain interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:12 takes priority over the distribution of gifts by the Holy Spirit. This interpretation is treated as an a [...]

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Gender Relations and the Biblical Drama
By: Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen | July 30, 2010
How should Christians approach gender studies from a view that is both psychologically and biblically informed? Let me explain some principles I have taken, mostly from the broadly Reformed theological tradition, about the appropriate use of Scripture as a whole, in the context of which I will try to show—in a selective fashion—how [...]

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Creating a Culture of Equality as Witness to the Truth
By: David C. Cramer | July 30, 2010
I have a confession to make: I am as convinced of egalitarian practices in the church and home as they come. However, I have another confession that is perhaps more startling for us Christians for Biblical Equality:1 I believe that it is quite possible—indeed, quite likely—that the raw biblical material [...]

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Why I Am Enrolled in Seminary Rather Than...
By: Mary Stromer Hanson | July 30, 2010
Why am I here and not there? I am HERE because I have been THERE.

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Book Review: The ESV Study Bible
By: Philip B. Payne | July 31, 2010
These twenty-seven departures from the Greek undermine the ESV claim to be "the very words of God to us" (9) and to let the reader see as directly as possible the structure and meaning of the original. Regarding women in Paul's teachings, the ESV and its notes do not fulfill its promise to represent the original [...]

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Book Review: Craig Keener's 1-2 Corinthians
By: Virginia Gray | July 31, 2010
Craig Keener's 1-2 Corinthians is a wonderfully engaging and easily read commentary on Paul's letters to the Corinthians. It is tightly packed with documented information from ancient sources on the historical/social/cultural setting of Corinth in Paul's time. This information enables the reader to understand more clearly the intentions behind Paul's letters to the [...]

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Book Review: Manfred T. Brauch's Abusing Scripture
By: Arbutus Sider | July 31, 2010
If, like me, you are neither a theologian nor a professor, no need to fear opening the covers of Manfred Brauch's Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible . . . Professor Brauch is writing primarily to evangelicals who, like himself, hold the Bible as the unique word of God, guiding our faith and daily practice. Brauch [...]

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Book Review: Women, Ministry, and the Gospel: Exploring New Paradigms
| July 31, 2010
This fine collection of essays draws upon papers presented at a Wheaton College Theology Conference in April 2005. While they all merit reading and pondering, four struck me as particularly noteworthy: those by I. Howard Marshall, Fredrick J. Long, Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, and Timothy Larsen. At the same time, with one or two exceptions, the [...]

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