Join CBE in Brazil, July 20–22, to “Set the Record Straight!” Learn More

Print Subscription

Get our quarterly print editions delivered to your home or office.


Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Autumn 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)

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 Autumn 1997 Volume 11 Issue 4

Autumn 1997

Volume: 11 | Number: 4

The Importance of Language in Translation

Several articles in this issue explore the value of using gender-inclusive language in Bible translations.


The Inclusive NIV Situation: Reflections a Year Later
By: David M. Scholer | October 31, 1997
A year ago in this journal I wrote: “We should be thankful for the NIV Inclusive Language Edition.… This translation is… a blessing for and a gift to the Church and its ministry…. We should also pray and lend our support for the appearance and ready availability of this edition of the NIV in the [...]

Keep Reading

In Brief
By: Jeffrey Drew Prey | October 31, 1997
Perhaps you’ve heard people say: “If the King James was good enough for St. Paul, then it’s good enough for us.” Perhaps they didn’t know that the King James Version, published in 1611, was not available to St. Paul, who ministered roughly in the time period 35-65 AD!

Keep Reading

The NIVI and the Future of Evangelicalism
By: Ronald J. Sider | October 31, 1997
An Open Letter to James Dobson, Paige Patterson, Wayne Grudem, Lars Dunberg and Bruce Ryskamp… and the other signers of the Colorado Springs Guidelines

Keep Reading

Good News for All People
By: Catherine Clark Kroeger | October 31, 1997
" I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." In the ensuing discussion, a question was raised as to whether this Scripture applied to everyone or only to men. Every single child said [...]

Keep Reading

From a Translator's Point of View: Bury Me With My Fathers
By: Arthur H. Lewis | October 31, 1997
There are a number of reasons to understand “fathers” (Hebrew aboth) in these contexts as a generic term. I believe Jacob was referring not just to the male members of his family, to whom he hoped to be joined in death, but to his wives and female ancestors as well.

Keep Reading

Am I Wrong Because I’m Politically Correct? Ten Reasons to Embrace Inclusive Language Revision
By: David R. Leigh | October 31, 1997
The badge of political incorrectness began as an oft-appropriate response to ideas and values imposed on us culturally by political liberals—a backlash against left-wing “thought police” whose anti-traditional values ironically included opposition to censorship, absolutes, and “legislated morality.”

Keep Reading

Which Bible to Use?
By: Alvera Mickelsen | October 31, 1997
Shortly after the controversy over the New International Version Inclusive Language Edition (NIVI) erupted, an older woman in one of my Bible classes asked me, “Are you in favor of changing our Bible?”

Keep Reading

A Gender Matter: A Response to the Colorado Springs Guidelines
By: Aída Besançon Spencer | October 31, 1997
“This is not a gender matter, it’s a language matter.” Professor Jimmy Duke speaks for many in his comments on translations (Saint Paul Pioneer, June, 1997:4D). I beg to disagree. As a professor of New Testament who has served on several translation committees, and as a woman, I propose that the May 27 “Guidelines for [...]

Keep Reading

Analyzing the Colorado Springs Guidelines for Translation of Gender-Related Language
By: David R. Leigh | October 31, 1997
When a bomb goes off those behind the incident will usually take credit and publish a tract or manifesto to propagate their views. So it was in the latest chapter of the evangelical culture wars. On May 27, 1997, the International Bible Society (IBS) made a decision that exploded in controversy, and the real culprits behind the [...]

Keep Reading