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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Summer 2005

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.

Priscilla Papers Summer 2005

Summer 2005

Volume: 19 | Number: 3

Pacific Island and Asian Egalitarianism

This issue takes a look at non-secular, non-Euro-American, non-1960s examples of Pacific Island and Asian egalitarian women and men in leadership.


Editor's Reflections | Summer 2005
By: William David Spencer | July 31, 2005
Friends, if we had a coin for every time an opponent of egalitarian ministry claimed that women’s leadership was: a) derived from secular feminism; b) Euro-American in origin; c) invented in the 1960s, we would probably be able to give away all memberships to CBE free.

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How God’s Spirit Worked a Revolution in Hawaii in 1819–1825
By: Aída Besançon Spencer | July 31, 2005
All these aspects of God’s working come into play in the “Acts-like” awakening in Hawaii. Let us review the dimensions of gender, age, and economics to recount the major events in this Hawaiian revolution

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Partnership: The Hope of Chinese American Churches
By: Grace Ying May | July 31, 2005
Vibrant, faithful women have helped to establish and build the Chinese church. Their robust faith and their engagement with the Scriptures empowered them to evangelize, preach, nurture and teach generations of Chinese Christians. 

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The Heartbeat of a World Citizen
By: Priscilla Lasmarias Kelso | July 31, 2005
In my life journey as an Asian American woman who has lived in two cultures—in the post-colonial milieu of a country in the developing world and in the post-modern setting of cities like Boston, I have gradually begun to embrace the meaning of that recurrent dream. It resonates with the universal search for identity, [...]

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The Role of the Female Christian in the Mainland China Church
By: Chuan Hang Shan | July 31, 2005
Female leadership in the CIMC is one of the fruits of the new growing Church in Mainland China. As the Church in Mainland China grows and becomes stronger in its unique cultural soil and environment, the new church system and theology will not only be shaped with its life and truth from the Bible, but [...]

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Africa and the Bible
By: William David Spencer | July 31, 2005
This responsible analysis of Africa's presence in the Bible should be must reading for all thinking Christians who want to deepen their knowledge of the ethnic equality of Christians throughout the ages and in particular the true presence of Africans in our sacred Scripture.

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The Trinity in the Gospel of John : A Thematic Commentary on the Fourth Gospel
By: Royce Gordon Gruenler | April 8, 2004
Gruenler explores something he calls disposability. Father, Son, and Spirit are there for the other—servants who place themselves at the other person's disposal in an act of total generosity. 

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