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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Summer 2006

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

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Priscilla Papers Summer 2006

Summer 2006

Volume: 20 | Number: 3

Understanding “Head” and Head Covering

The meaning of “head” and the significance of head coverings are essential elements in today’s global Christian discussion.


Editor's Reflections | Summer 2006
By: William David Spencer | July 31, 2006
When a woman covers her head in faiths as diverse but related as Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, we should all want to know why—and what that requirement means for her and for all women, as well as for men.

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Toward an Understanding of Ancient Conceptions of “Head”
By: Catherine Clark Kroeger | July 31, 2006
In the case of our understanding of “head,” an enormous emotional and spiritual significance is attached, as the Bible declares God to be the head of Christ and man to be the head of woman. To declare the Father as “boss, chief, or authority over” is to deny the status of the eternally begotten Son, [...]

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Wild Hair and Gender Equality in 1 Corinthians 11:2–16
By: Philip B. Payne | July 31, 2006
C. F. D. Moule wrote that the problems raised by 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 “still await a really convincing explanation.” G. B. Caird added, “It can hardly be said that the passage has yet surrendered its secret.” W. Meeks regarded it as “one of the most obscure passages in the Pauline letters.”

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Needed: The Study of the Niddah
By: Ginger O’Neil | July 31, 2006
The time is more than ripe for church men and women to tear off their intellectual chadors so that the genderless, awesome love of Jesus can be presented to a suffering humanity: to veiled and enslaved women in the Middle East, as well as to our own congregations.

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A Two-Thirds World Christian Reflection on Head Coverings
By: William David Spencer | July 31, 2006
What is the niddah? The niddah ritual separation is historical in Jewish, Muslim, and some other religions. The niddah veil is their warning signal. They believe, if a woman is menstruating, she is unclean. 

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Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy
By: Royce Gordon Gruenler | June 30, 2006
This volume truly represents a landmark in the reclamation of a good word, "complementarity," from its misuse by the equal-but-unequal school of thought. A formidable collage of scholars with complementary gifts of the Spirit have contributed to a book which is sure to become a primary textbook and resource in the Christian circles of church [...]

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