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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Spring and Summer 1992

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 Spring and Summer Volume 6 Issue 2 and 3

Spring and Summer 1992

Volume: 6 | Number: 2 & 3

The Weight of Our Words

The articles in this issue explore the power of our words. Jesus used the words “follow me” to call men and women to him. The church uses language, despite its limitations, to preach the holy word of God.


Jesus Calls Men and Women to Follow Him
By: Evelyn Bence | April 30, 1992
I've never heard a sermon on Jesus saying, "Follow me," that was addressed to men only. Yet, my analysis of the meditation is that I've apparently heard a few too many messages in the Church that have, intentionally or not, excluded me.

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A Meditation
By: David Robert Black | April 30, 1992
Yes, God is our Father. That's what Jesus called God: "Abba, Father." That is how Jesus taught us to pray: "Our Father." We rejoice that God is merciful and forgiving, "like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home." But God's also "like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child."

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Suggestions for Using Non-Discriminatory Language
By: Frances Hiebert | April 30, 1992
Various members of the faculty and student body have made significant contributions to the understanding of the sexism inherent in the traditional use of the English language. In order to build on their efforts and in response to the request of the faculty, the Office for Women's Concerns has prepared this booklet as an aid [...]

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The Church’s Language About God
By: Elouise Rennich Fraser | April 30, 1992
Those who argue that the church must retain its predominantly masculine imagery for God and those who want to introduce into the church's vocabulary female imagery for God are in agreement at only one point: both are convinced that the integrity of Christian faith is at stake. 

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Keeping the Right Perspective
By: Kathleen Hayes | April 30, 1992
It seems that so few Christians understand the importance of including women in worship and the language of worship and of not speaking of God in solely masculine terms. I am convinced that when we limit our language, we limit God, ourselves, and others. 

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Rising Above Our Language: Reflections on Our Metaphors for God
By: Michael Spooner | April 30, 1992
The Bible uses many diverse metaphors for God, including rock, light, mountain, shepherd, vine, woman, landowner, dove, warrior, lamb, father, mother, and countless others. We need to be aware of the diversity of these images as we build our concept of the person God is.

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