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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Spring 2021

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 Spring 2021 Volume 35 Issue 2

Spring 2021

Volume: 35 | Number: 2

"And bring the books..."

This issue of Priscilla Papers is all about books. Featured book reviews include both new and exciting egalitarian releases, like The Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr, and also widely-used complementarian books, like Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem. 


Editor's Reflection: Spring 2021
By: Jeff Miller | April 30, 2021
Following an article on Ephesians 5 that will be a game-changer for many readers’ thinking about headship, is a collection of book reviews.

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Kephale is a Body Part: Unified Interdependence in Relationship in Ephesians 5
By: Christy Hemphill | April 30, 2021
The primary task when considering Paul's assertion, “the husband is the head of the wife,” should be discovering the meaning of this head-and-body metaphor, not arguing for an extended metaphorical sense of half of the metaphor—the single word, "head."

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The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth
By: Kelly Schmidt | February 17, 2021
In The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth, Beth Allison Barr shares her personal story of rejecting complementarian views on male headship and female submission.

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Seven Transforming Gifts of Menopause: An Unexpected Spiritual Journey
By: Patty Craft | December 7, 2020
Cheryl Bridges Johns shines a new light on the dramatic transformation that takes place during perimenopause and menopause. She invites us to see menopause as more than a time of biological change by examining the psychological and spiritual aspects.

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Marriage in the Middle: Embracing Midlife Surprises, Challenges, and Joys
By: Margaret English de Alminana | December 7, 2020
Marriage in the Middle is a collection of life vignettes and personal experiences that will resonate with every married couple. Greco encourages couples to face midlife with imagination and hope and offers transparency, intimacy, and insight for the journey.  

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The Headship of Men and the Abuse of Women: Are They Related in Any Way?
By: Jonathan Tysick | April 30, 2021
Answering his title question in the affirmative, Giles forcefully argues that “headship teaching can encourage and legitimate domestic abuse and it must be abandoned if domestic abuse is to be effectively countered in our churches.”

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Christian Egalitarian Leadership: Empowering the Whole Church According to the Scriptures
By: Jeff Miller | April 30, 2021
Christian Egalitarian Leadership takes further steps toward broadening the issues (e.g., it is about more than gender) but also focuses on one essential aspect of the thriving of egalitarianism—leadership.

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Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
By: Allison Quient, Nicholas Quient | April 30, 2021
Wayne Grudem’s commitment to Scripture is to be commended, but his lack of serious engagement with key challenges undermines a work that has been over twenty years in the re-making. Those looking for an evangelical systematic theology that is up-to-date on recent theological and exegetical advances should look elsewhere.  

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Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Spirit
By: Kevin Giles | April 30, 2021
How can the complementarian theology of the sexes not collapse if many complementarians themselves have agreed that their doctrine of a hierarchically ordered Trinity, on which they built so much, is heretical?

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