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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Winter 1997

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 Winter 1997 Volume 11 Issue 1

Winter 1997

Volume: 11 | Number: 1

Women’s Ordination

From a study of women’s ordination in Scripture to the personal experience of a “biblical feminist,” this issue breaks down why women should be ordained.  


Setting the Record Straight: A Response to J.I. Packer's Position on Women's Ordination
By: Hyunhye Pokrifka Joe, Grace Ying May | January 30, 1997
With due respect to Packer’s erudition and contribution to evangelical thought, we do not see women’s ordination as merely a by-product of modernity. We firmly believe that Scripture has consistently affirmed the ministry of women and placed equality at the core of God’s redemptive purposes since the very beginning.

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J. I. Packer and the Logic of Patriarchy
By: Curt Purcell | January 30, 1997
J. I. Packer published a short piece in Christianity Today, titled “Let’s Stop Making Women Presbyters.” As the title suggests, this piece is a straightforward example of the age-old attempt to justify the treatment of women as second-class and substandard—an oppressive gesture, even if unintended as such. However, if [...]

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Let's Keep on Ordaining Women
By: Hugh McNally | January 30, 1997
The role of women in ministry is a controversial issue in evangelical churches today. On one side are the “traditionalists” who firmly believe that women should not be permitted to teach, preach or hold any position of authority in the church. On the other side are the “biblical feminists” who firmly believe that God calls [...]

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The Bible, Gender, and Church Office
By: Eugene Bradford | January 30, 1997
The Bible does not allow gender to be a criterion for eligibility for any office or function in the church. Although in the Semitic/Hebrew culture the subordination of women to men was probably universal, and although there were no early explicit divine prohibitions against female subordination, the climax of special divine revelation in the [...]

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From a Pastor's Notebook
By: Robb C. Palmer | January 31, 1997
How should women be involved in Kingdom ministries? Which specific ministries are to be opened to them? Should any remain closed? How shall we decide?

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The Scholarship of Patriarchy (On 1 Timothy 2:8-15)
By: Alan G. Padgett | January 30, 1997
One of the most hotly contested passages in the New Testament these days is 1 Timothy 2:8-15. The cultural reason for this is clear: The ordination of women in the Church is a major issue of debate among traditional and evangelical denominations. Biblically-minded Christians are rightly concerned about the meaning of this passage for ministry today. [...]

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Passion and Belief
By: Kathy D. Colebank | January 30, 1997
I recently read a letter by a young woman struggling with the issue of women in ministry. She was torn because her father, a wonderful man of God, believed strongly that women were not to be ordained to ministry. “How can I question the beliefs of such a passionate godly man?” she asked. But [...]

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From My Point of View: Men’s Psychological Barriers to Adopting an Egalitarian View
By: Chuck Romig | January 30, 1997
I have been told on a number of occasions that men who adhere to an egalitarian view of the marital relationship and who see no ministry restrictions for women in the church approach the Bible from some personal bias that keeps them from seeing the truth. What usually follows in the conversation (lecture) is armchair [...]

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Witnessing Against Abuse
By: Catherine Clark Kroeger | January 30, 1997
The newly formed Advisory Council on Violence Against Women, co-chaired by Attorney General Janet Reno and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala, is seeking to maximize the impact of the Violence Against Women Act by recruiting the collaboration of national leaders from law enforcement, the media, colleges and universities, sports, health care, primary [...]

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