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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Summer 2021

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 Summer 2021 Volume 35 Issue 3

Summer 2021

Volume: 35 | Number: 3

Challenges of Marriage and Singleness

This issue of Priscilla Papers explores marriage and singleness, and how they impact the roles of women (and men) in the church and home.


Book Review: Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church
By: Sue Bailey | March 23, 2021
My advice: Buy this book. Read it slowly. Chew on its words. Digest its content. Let its truths tutor your mind, penetrate your soul, and motivate you toward embracing, modeling, and conveying a more humble, Christlike expression of power.

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Editor's Reflection: Summer 2021
By: Jeff Miller | July 31, 2021
Now it its thirty-fifth year, Priscilla Papers is committed to continue publishing high-quality scholarship and building “a team of egalitarian scholars.”

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Phoebe Palmer: Fountainhead of  Evangelical Egalitarianism in Canada
By: Shelley Siemens Janzen | July 31, 2021
Although evangelical and Canadian histories have tended to under-examine the contributions of women, an emphasis on the example of Phoebe Palmer readily offers a visible standard of Canadian evangelical emancipation.

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The Single Woman:  Vocational (Dis)Advantage in God’s Mission
By: Lauren England | July 31, 2021
it is important to highlight and discuss the necessary roles, challenges, and gifts that single women make in mission and ministry to further equip and support them.

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Mutual Submission Frames the Household Codes
By: Craig Keener | July 31, 2021
The New Testament household codes reveal that early Christians were on the progressive edge of gender relationships in their world.

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He Made Her Play the Harlot:  Judges 19 through the Lens of Domestic Abuse
By: Evelyn Sweerts-Vermeulen | July 31, 2021
The church cannot be trusted by those who are suffering to listen well until it has shown that it can speak well, addressing the issues in preaching and in the community.

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Selfless Marriage: Ephesians 5:21–33
By: Chris Loewen | July 31, 2021
The application is very basic, and its message is so practical. When we look at the marriage between Christ and the church, the secret ingredient is selflessness—it is selfless love.

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Book Review: Surprising Steps in the Right Direction: A Review of the 2020 Christian Standard Bible
By: Jeff Miller | July 31, 2021
I would recommend the CSB over the ESV. I would not, however, recommend the CSB over other Bibles that have a commitment to gender-accurate translation—most notably the CEB.

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Book Review: Imagining Equity: The Gifts of Christian Feminist Theology
By: Jeff Miller | July 31, 2021
In my opinion, this book is an important contribution, for Methodists and other Wesleyans to be sure, but for other Christians as well.

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