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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Spring 1994

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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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 Spring 1995 Volume 8 Issue 2

Spring 1994

Volume: 8 | Number: 2

Female Wisdom

Discover the femininity of God in “Sophia,” how to avoid the “either-or” trap, how religious experiences have shaped theology, the re-imaging of God’s nature more fully, a rebuff to the “women are inferior to men” argument, and the courage of four women to believe things which they had not seen.


Who is Sophia?
By: Tina Ostrander | April 30, 1994
In the search for a more inclusive understanding of God, the feminine “Sophia” has for many persons become a bridge between traditional Christianity and feminist concerns. So we ask: Who is Sophia, and where did she come from? Is she the long-awaited answer to this search?

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Avoiding the
By: Aída Besançon Spencer | April 30, 1994
In November of 1993 women and men from fifteen Christian denominations, and one Buddhist came together at Minneapolis to call attention to a good cause, the Ecumenical decade: Churches in Solidarity with Women, through which the United Nations and the World Council of Churches asked churches throughout 1988-98 “to eliminate teachings and practices that discriminate against [...]

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The Role of Religious Experience in Theology
By: John Jefferson Davis | April 30, 1994
It has been noted by many observers that the twentieth-century American sensibility is an experiential one. Feeling, emotion, “sensitivity,” self-awareness and “self-actualization,” “born-again” religion and self-help therapies—all in one way or another point toward the immediacy of personal experience. This experiential emphasis has influenced the character of American religion and theology in both its [...]

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The Challenge of the Re-Imagining God Conference
By: Catherine Clark Kroeger | April 30, 1994
Certainly today’s women have the right to choose their own forms of religious expression. However, they also have a right to understand the antecedents of those forms. Because various conference presentations and liturgies went beyond orthodox Christian faith and practice, we need to examine the historical roots of these so-called “new” ideas.

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Women are Persons
By: Hugh McNally | April 30, 1994
Even in the Christian church, women are often valued for what they do rather than for who they are. This is why the women’s liberation movement has struck a responsive chord in the hearts of many Christian women.

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Heroines of the Faith: A Narrative Essay
By: Mary LaGrand Bouma | April 30, 1994
It was a desperate ploy. If it failed she would be, at best, a social pariah; at worst, burned alive. Probably few of us, either women or men, would be able to summon up the kind of courage Tamar showed when, realizing that the system was failing to give her justice, she decided to do [...]

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From My Point of View: Suspicious Identity
By: Laura L. Lupton | April 30, 1994
As a woman preparing to seek ordination to the pastoral office in the Presbyterian Church (USA) I find myself encountering skepticism — a skepticism about my real identity. In light of my gender and career objective, some people immediately assume that I am a radical feminist.

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