Priscilla Papers, the journal of CBE International, serves as an academic instrument for furthering the mission of CBE, “to promote the biblical message that God calls women and men of all cultures, races, and classes to share authority equally in service and leadership in the home, church, and world.” Priscilla Papers publishes interdisciplinary, evangelical scholarship on topics related to a biblical view of gender equality and justice. Essential to an academic journal is a group of scholars who ably advise the editor. Priscilla Papers is pleased to have a fourteen-member Peer Review Team to serve this purpose. A brief summary of the three-level process follows:
1. Articles are first evaluated by the editor, Havilah Dharamraj (firstname.lastname@example.org), to ensure they are high-quality and support the nature and mission of the journal. Articles may also be reviewed by Jeff Miller, the assistant to the editor.
2. Articles that meet with approval of the editor are then sent to a member of the Peer Review Team whose expertise encompasses the topic of the article. The reviewer has the responsibility of assessing an article’s quality as thoroughly researched and carefully argued. The reviewer accepts or rejects the article and gives advice for improvement when appropriate. It should be emphasized that our review process is confidential and double blind: the reviewer does not know who the author is and vice versa.
3. Articles that receive peer review approval are then improved on the basis of the reviewer’s advice (where appropriate) and sent to CBE president and Priscilla Papers publisher Mimi Haddad for final approval. Haddad holds a PhD in historical theology and teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary. She further ensures that the articles are indeed suitable to the journal’s nature and mission.
4. In summary, each article is evaluated by three academic adjudicators: the editor, a peer reviewer, and the publisher.
5. The process outlined above concerns articles. Priscilla Papers also publishes book reviews and, occasionally, sermons. These publications are of a different nature and require approval from the editor and the publisher, not from a peer reviewer.
Editor of Priscilla Papers
Havilah Dharamraj is the Head of the Department of Biblical Studies at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS) in Bangalore, India. Her academic degrees include an MS in biochemistry, an MA in Christianity, and a PhD from the University of Durham, UK. In addition to various academic articles, she is author of the books, Ruth: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary (Langham 2019), Altogether Lovely: A Thematic and Intertextual Reading of the Song of Songs (Fortress 2018), and A Prophet Like Moses?: A Narrative-Theological Reading of the Elijah Stories (Paternoster 2011), as well as an editor of South Asia Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary on the Whole Bible (Zondervan 2015). With a keen interest in storytelling, she promotes the use of the various Indian storytelling traditions for preaching and teaching.
Assistant to the Editor
Jeff Miller is former editor of CBE’s academic journal, Priscilla Papers and now acts as assistant to the editor. He holds bachelor’s degrees in pastoral ministry and church music, an MDiv, and a PhD in biblical interpretation. Since 1999 he has taught biblical studies at Milligan University in eastern Tennessee. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and has published articles in journals such as The Bible Translator, Leaven, Restoration Quarterly, and Stone-Campbell Journal and CBE’s Mutuality. He and his wife Dana have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.
Peer Review Team
Andrew Bartlett KC
Andrew Bartlett KC is the author of Men and Women in Christ: Fresh Light from the Biblical Texts (IVP, 2019), which Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, hails as “rigorous, fair-minded, cautious, exegetical, analytical, logical, and dispassionately presented” and projects “will become THE textbook used in colleges and seminaries that want to discuss women in ministry afresh.” Bartlett has a BA in theology (University of Gloucestershire; first class honors and Bible Society prize). He has served in several churches as an elder or churchwarden. He studied law at Oxford and practiced as an English barrister for more than forty years, leading to his current work as an international arbitrator. He has recently written responses to Mike Winger’s Women-in-Ministry videos (see https://terranwilliams.com/articles).
Joshua Barron holds an MDiv from Emmanuel Christian Seminary and is a PhD candidate in World Christianity at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology. He and his wife Ruth have ministered in Kenya with the Community Christian Churches and the Africa Inland Church for over fifteen years, as well as the Maasai Discipleship Training Institute and the Community Christian Bible Training Institute. A staff member of the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA), Joshua has published research in Priscilla Papers, Conspectus, Global Missiology, International Review of Mission, Journal of African Christian Biography, Journal of Chemical Physics, Missio Dei, Stellenbosch Theological Journal, and the Journal of Language, Culture, and Religion.
Stephanie Black holds a PhD in New Testament Greek. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, she teaches New Testament and hermeneutics at Fuller Theological Seminary and in graduate schools of theology in Ethiopia, Kenya, India, and elsewhere in the majority world. Her work includes “Biblical Hermeneutics and Intercultural Responsibility,” in Yoon and Stevens; Methods and Approaches to the Greek New Testament (Wipf & Stock, anticipated); entries in Baker Academic‘s anticipated Encyclopedia of Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics; articles on biblical hermeneutics in Africa; and a study of the Christology of 4th-century Greek inscriptions in Ethiopia (Bulletin of SOAS, 2008). Black is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) and serves on the EPC’s Theology Committee.
Lynn H. Cohick
Lynn H. Cohick holds a PhD in New Testament and Christian Origins from the University of Pennsylvania and is distinguished professor of New Testament and director of Houston Theological Seminary at Houston Christian University. Her publications include Women in the World of the Earliest Christians (2009), Christian Women in the Patristic World (co-authored with Amy B. Hughes, 2017), as well as Ephesians in the New International Commentary on the New Testament (2020) and numerous essays and journal articles.
Seblewengel (Seble) Daniel
Seblewengel (Seble) Daniel is an Ethiopian theologian and a member of the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church. Her parents modelled for her Christlikeness and active participation in the church. With a PhD in African Christianity and theology (Akrofi-Christaller Institute, Ghana), she served for two decades at the Evangelical Theological College and at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST). Seble also served as the chair of women in her denomination. She is passionate about contextual theology and women’s empowerment and has been involved in various initiatives aimed at eradicating harmful traditional practices. She currently serves full time with SIM as the director for East African Sending Office. She is also the director for the women’s commission at the World Evangelical Alliance. She is a member of several leadership teams including Langham Partnership International, INFEMIT, and the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. Seble enjoys mentoring as part of her calling and loves to spend time with her family. She and her husband Tamiru have three children (Sebhat, Leul, and Bamlak) and live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Mary Evans has an MPhil from Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) and an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University. She taught for many years at London School of Theology, eventually as vice-principal, and spent three years acting as academic dean for the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology. She is the author of several books including Woman in the Bible (IVP, 1983), 1 and 2 Samuel (Hendriksons, 2000), The Message of Samuel (IVP, 2004), and Judges and Ruth (IVP, 2018). She edited and contributed to the IVP Women’s Bible Commentary (2002) and the Women’s Study Bible (2009). She was a founding member of Men, Women, and God in the United Kingdom.
Laura J. Hunt
Laura J. Hunt holds a PhD from University of Wales, Trinity St. David, where she also has an honorary fellowship. She teaches primarily New Testament, Greek, and hermeneutics in schools and seminaries in the US and abroad. She is also ordained in the Free Methodist Church, USA, and has served as the associate pastor at New Beginnings Community Church of Washtenaw County in Michigan for the past five years. She is concerned and active in issues of social justice particularly around race and gender. Laura has published research in the WUNT II series as well as Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, Canadian-American Theological Review, Missiology, Evangelical Journal, and in two edited volumes. You can check out some of her non-academic writing at www.laurajhunt.com.
Chongpongmeren (Meren) Jamir
Chongpongmeren (Meren) Jamir is a postdoctoral researcher in church history at the Inez and Julius Polin Institute, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. He holds a PhD from Middlesex University through the Oxford Center for Mission Studies, Oxford, United Kingdom. In addition to various academic articles, he is the author of Christianity in Northeast India (Routledge, 2020). His research interest revolves around the cultural history of Christianity, with a particular focus on the interface of culture and religion and the semiotic value of rituals and artifacts in historiography.
Jung-Sook Lee is former president, and church history professor at Torch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul, Korea. She earned her PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2020 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Princeton Theological Seminary. She serves as vice president for the Asia Theological Association (ATA), presidium member for the International Congress for Calvin Research, board member for Oxford Center for Mission Studies (OCMS), and international advisor to the International Museum for Reformation, Geneva. She served as the first woman leader for organizations including the Church History Society in Korea, Korea Association of Accredited Theological Schools, and Korea Society of Evangelical Theological Colleges and Seminaries. She has published internationally on the Protestant Reformation and its legacy, John Calvin’s theology and ministry, history of Christian art, and women in ministry.
Jill McGilvray holds an MA from Sydney College of Divinity. She has taught pastoral care related subjects at Mary Andrews College and Sydney Missionary Bible College and is engaged in church-based pastoral care ministry. Her book, God’s Love in Action: Pastoral Care for Everyone (Acorn Press, 2009) is now a Bible Society title. She is currently chair of the Langham Partnership International Council, and of Langham Partnership Australia.
Ian Payne is executive director of Theologians Without Borders. He was principal and head of the department of theology at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), Bangalore, India, from 2008 to 2018. He has his PhD in theology from the University of Aberdeen, UK, focused on epistemology, God’s love, and Karl Barth. He is the author of Wouldn’t You Love to Know? Trinitarian Epistemology and Pedagogy and The Message of Humanity (IVP, anticipated). The son of New Zealand missionaries, he grew up in India. After being an architect in New Zealand, he received an MTh at SAIACS in the mid-90s, accompanied by his wife, Judith, and three daughters. From building church buildings, he has been drawn into the excitement of building the Church. Currently, he is interim pastor at Eden Community Church, Auckland, and through Theologians Without Borders continues to serve global theological education.
Finny Philip is the principal of Filadelfia Bible College, Udaipur, India. He holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Kerala, India, an MTh from the Senate of Serampore, and a PhD from the University of Durham, United Kingdom. His publications include The Origins of Pauline Pneumatology: The Eschatological Bestowal of the Spirit upon Gentiles in Judaism and in the Early Development of Paul’s Theology (Mohr-Siebeck, 2005). He is also a theological editor (New Testament) for the South Asia Bible Commentary (Zondervan/Open Door Publications, 2015), consulting editor for the Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research (Wipf and Stock), and senior consultant (New Testament) for the anticipated South Asia Study Bible.
Charles Pitts taught Old Testament, Hebrew, and Biblical History at Houston Graduate School of Theology in Houston, Texas, for sixteen years. He is currently an adjunct instructor and teaches AP History at an urban high school in Houston. He earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature and the Association for the Scientific Study of Religion. Dr. Pitts is active in local church ministry and with the organization, United against Human Trafficking. He has written papers on Jeremiah and social justice issues, such as human trafficking and race relations.
Terran Williams from Cape Town, South Africa, is an author, church leader, dad of five, and avid surfer. He was the long-time lead teacher of a megachurch that prided itself on its doctrinal accuracy. When tasked with researching and writing a better defense for its complementarian theology, Terran made a shocking discovery. This led to him writing the comprehensive yet accessible, How God Sees Women: The End of Patriarchy. See terranwilliams.com for more.