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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Autumn 2022

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.

Cover of Priscilla Papers Autumn 2022

Autumn 2022

Volume: 36 | Number: 4

Student Scholarship

Student scholars are key to the flourishing of egalitarianism.


Editor's Reflection: Autumn 2022
By: Jeff Miller | November 3, 2022
All the items in the following pages are high-quality and worthy of your careful consideration. Furthermore, all the articles were written by graduate students, hence the theme of the issue, “Student Scholarship.”

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Vindicating Bathsheba
By: Amanda Pence | November 3, 2022
If we truly want to cultivate a culture in our church where women and men thrive as equals, we must stop blaming victims, including Bathsheba, who honored the Torah much more than David did. We must listen when someone comes forward, believe that they are acting in good faith, and investigate.

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A Medieval Makeover: Women's Roles Before and After the Reformation
By: Michele Arndt | November 3, 2022
The journey of women’s leadership in the church is hardly a straight line. It is a curvy road with plenty of twists and turns, sometimes pointing women to lead and, at other times, pointing them right out the door. One result of the Protestant Reformation was to drive women out of leadership and into [...]

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Chinese Interpretations of Galatians 3:28: Ambiguities, Insights, and Paths Forward
By: Yu-huei Huang | November 3, 2022
Examine interpretations of Galatians 3:28 by nine Chinese pastors and biblical scholars, spanning from the 1970s to 2010, discovering common ambiguities which may hinder their application in ministry. One-ness in Christ has ethical and social ramifications.

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Paul’s Concern for Ephesus: A Survey of 1 Timothy 2:8–15
By: Eliza Stiles | November 3, 2022
Paul’s concern about the situation in Ephesus is not that women or men are causing problems, but that the church’s witness in the Ephesian community is at risk. In 1 Timothy 2:8–15 Paul urges Timothy to counter false teaching with prayer, humility, education, and by confronting abusive authority.

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Social Action and the Canaanite Woman of Matthew 15
By: Molly Tomashek | November 3, 2022
In Matt 15:21–28 Matthew presents Jesus as the mirror that exposes the need for social action. A socio-rhetorical approach informs the modern reader’s engagement for social change as seen in the text’s dialogue, characterization, Jewish perspective, and contextual significance.

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The Ministry of Women and the Merger of Church and State in Fourth-Century Christianity
By: Shelley Siemens Janzen | November 3, 2022
Christianity's fourth-century merger with the Roman Empire suppressed the NT pattern of welcoming women as exemplary servant leaders.

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Book Review: Valiant or Virtuous? Gender Bias in Bible Translation
By: Michaela Miller | November 3, 2022
Suzanne McCarthy has offered a unique and valuable resource for egalitarian readers who are interested in the nuances of gender in Bible translation.

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