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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Winter 2023

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 the Winter 2023 Issue of Priscilla Papers titled: Our Thirty-Seventh Year.

Winter 2023

Volume: 37 | Number: 1

Our Thirty-Seventh Year

Priscilla Papers begins its thirty-seventh year with a look back at the fight against abuse.


Editor's Reflection: Winter 2023
By: Jeff Miller | February 15, 2023
Priscilla Papers here begins its thirty-seventh year. As many of our readers know, all issues—dating back to 1987—are freely available at

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Witnessing Against Abuse
By: Catherine Clark Kroeger | January 30, 1997
The newly formed Advisory Council on Violence Against Women, co-chaired by Attorney General Janet Reno and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala, is seeking to maximize the impact of the Violence Against Women Act by recruiting the collaboration of national leaders from law enforcement, the media, colleges and universities, sports, health care, primary [...]

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Judges 19 as a Paradigm for  Understanding and Responding to Human Trafficking
By: Chuck Pitts | October 31, 2015
Judges 19 contains a seldom read, let alone studied or discussed, story of misogyny, subjugation, rape, murder, and dismemberment. Determining how to handle such atrocities in the Bible makes texts such as these difficult to address. 

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The Case of Virgin Rape: Deuteronomy 22
By: Jessica Stefick | January 31, 2020
Having evaluated the literary and cultural context of Deut 22:28–29, it is clear that its primary sociological and theological intentions reflect three prominent patriarchal themes.

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The Song of Songs Celebrates God’s Kind of Love
By: Aída Besançon Spencer | July 30, 2014
Romance novels are popular, especially among women. Romance fiction sells more than inspirational, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, or classic literary fiction. It had the largest share of the United States consumer market in 2012. What are the two basic elements in every romance novel, according to the Romance Writers of America? “A central love story and [...]

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Restoration of Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: How Can Caregivers Contribute to the Process?
By: Scarlet Hai Yin Tsao | January 31, 2006
This article discusses some of the major steps in the healing process of child sexual abuse survivors and how caregivers can be equipped to facilitate the process by adopting a multidisciplinary approach.

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Book Review: Women and the Gender of God
By: Todd Edmondson | February 15, 2023
God “harbors no preference for males because God the Father is not male and God the Son is male like no other.” 

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Book Review: Three in One: Analogies for the Trinity
By: Christa L. McKirland | February 15, 2023
An expert voice on the absence of hierarchy in the Trinity.

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