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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Autumn 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)

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Priscilla Papers Autumn 2006

Autumn 2006

Volume: 20 | Number: 4

Celebrating 20 Years

By offering biblical, theological, and historical support for the equality of men and women, this twentieth anniversary edition exemplifies the kind of evangelical scholarship published in Priscilla Papers.


Editor's Reflections | Autumn 2006
By: Kevin Giles, Chelsea DeArmond | October 31, 2006
We are very pleased to publish this expanded edition of Priscilla Papers in celebration of the journal’s twentieth anniversary. During the last twenty years, its biblical scholarship on equality in the church, home, and world has reached hundreds of college and seminary libraries and the homes of thousands of lay people, pastors, [...]

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The Biblical Basis for Women’s Service in the Church
By: N. T. Wright | October 31, 2006
Misreadings of NT passages are undoubtedly due to a combination of assumptions, traditions, and all kinds of post-biblical and sub-biblical attitudes that have crept in to Christianity. We need to change our understanding of what the Bible says about how men and women are to relate to one another within the church.

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Chapter 16 in Paul’s Letter to the Romans: Dispensable Tagalong or Valuable Envelope?
By: Mark Reasoner | October 31, 2006
Like an envelope in which we seal a postal letter to a loved one, Romans 16 lets us know that real people, including women leaders, those with slave backgrounds, and those both with and without Jewish connections, were meant to hear and benefit from this letter.

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Head Over Heels: A Theology of Leadership in Christian Marriage
By: Elaine Heath | October 31, 2006
Whatever we might say about headship in Christian marriage, the indisputable teaching and example of Jesus, and the broader context of the teaching of the epistles about the meaning of discipleship, is one of self-giving love

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A Meta-Study of the Debate over the Meaning of “Head” (Kephalē) in Paul’s Writings
By: Alan F. Johnson | October 31, 2006
Since the middle of the twentieth century there has been an ongoing, sometimes acrimonious debate over the meaning of “head” (Greek, kephalē) in Paul’s letters, especially 1 Corinthians 11:3 and Ephesians 5:23. This article is an attempt to review the most significant scholarly literature that has emerged in the debate and to summarize each without critique. 

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Christian Women and Leadership
By: Roberta Hestenes | October 31, 2006
Scripture and church history make abundantly clear that women can and do exercise significant influence and power in a variety of contexts, including the church. Yet, most of the books and articles available on Christian leadership are written by and for men. In this paper, I will address some leadership issues with a focus on [...]

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God’s Reign is the Reign of Right Relationships
By: Charles O. Knowles | October 31, 2006
The Bible teaches that God created man and woman subordinate to God, spiritually and socially equal to each other, and entrusted to care for creation. However, man and woman were not content with this God-ordained order; they wanted power over God. 

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The New Evangelical Subordinationism: Reading Inequality Into the Trinity
By: Phillip Cary | October 31, 2006
A whole generation of conservative evangelicals has embraced a new-fangled version of the ancient Trinitarian heresy of subordinationism. They do not hide their motives. They are determined to see in God what they wish to see in humanity: a subordination of role or function that does not compromise (they insist) an essential equality of being. 

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Post-1970s Evangelical Responses to the Emancipation of Women
By: Kevin Giles | October 31, 2006
In what follows I outline the alternative theologies that have emerged among evangelicals since the 1970s when women’s emancipation changed the world forever.

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Egalitarian Pioneers: Betty Friedan or Catherine Booth?
By: Mimi Haddad | October 31, 2006
One source of tension between egalitarians and complementarians is the frequent complementarian claim that egalitarians are the theological descendents of radical feminists such as Betty Friedan, Mary Daly, and Daphne Hampson. This is inaccurate. Egalitarians in fact see mentors in people like Catherine Booth, Jessie Penn-Lewis, Frances Willard, A. J. Gordon, Katharine Bushnell, William Baxter [...]

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