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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Winter 1993

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 Winter 1993 Volume 7 Issue 1

Winter 1993

Volume: 7 | Number: 1

Learning from Our Foremothers

This issue takes a look at women in Bible times and throughout history. Phoebe, Priscilla, Bitalia and other early-church heroines are looked at to see what we can learn from them. 


Does It Matter? Remembering Our Foremothers
By: Gretchen Gaebelein Hull | January 31, 1993
Why should we highlight women in Bible times and throughout Christian history? Wouldn’t it be more timely to focus on women in the church today, by discussing their present aspirations? Aren’t twentieth-century movements what will influence not only the contemporary church, but also its future course?

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Our Sister, Phoebe
By: Linda Marion Montgomery | January 31, 1993
I was having a discussion the other evening with a family in our church about the subject of women deacons. I said, “Well, Phoebe, of course, was a deacon.” Someone said, “Really? Are you sure? Not everyone believes that she was.” “She was a deacon,” I said. It’s in Romans 16.”

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Early Church Heroines: Rulers, Prophets, and Martyrs
By: Aída Besançon Spencer | January 31, 1993
In recent years many writers have been reminding the church of the exemplary women who have held positions of authority and power in the Bible as rulers, prophets and martyrs. Deborah certainly has been often mentioned as a faithful ruler, a judge, prophet, and a military strategist. 

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Priscilla, Author of the Epistle to the Hebrews?
By: Mimi Haddad | January 31, 1993
Was Priscilla one of the most successful teachers, evangelists, and writers in the early church? A survey of Priscilla’s ministry in Rome, Corinth, and Ephesus reveals a woman whose abilities and life’s circumstances beg the question: Was it Priscilla who wrote Hebrews?

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Bitalia, the Ancient Woman Priest
By: Catherine Clark Kroeger | January 31, 1993
The woman had upraised hands, in the gesture of a priest or bishop giving the benediction. This is also a gesture that is sometimes used in proclamation of the Word. 

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One Christian's Commentary on Two Contemporary Secular Best Sellers
By: Joanne Callahan | January 31, 1993
These two best-sellers helped turn many apolitical women into activists, and contributed to recent impressive female gains in both the United Stales Senate and the House of Representatives. My question is: How should biblical egalitarians respond to these two works? Answers may not be as obvious as some think.

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