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Editor’s Reflection: Summer 2021

One of the stated purposes of Priscilla Papers is “to build a team of egalitarian scholars” (see our writers’ guidelines). The most obvious evidence of this team-building effort is that we have published the work of well over 500 authors since our founding in 1987.

About half of these authors have one piece in Priscilla Papers, and to that list the current issue adds the names Sue Bailey, Lauren England, Shelley Siemens Janzen, Chris Loewen, and Evelyn Sweerts-Vermeulen. Some authors have been frequent contributors, such as Gretchen Gaebelein Hull’s twelve items published before her death in 2019 (see Mimi Haddad’s tribute to her in our autumn 2019 issue), Kevin Giles’s sixteen items published from 2003 and 2021, and Aída Besançon Spencer’s twenty items from 1990–2019.

Preparing this issue of Priscilla Papers turned my mind to this “team of egalitarian scholars,” mainly for two reasons.

First, we are pleased to provide an article by Craig Keener on household codes in the New Testament. Craig published ten articles in Priscilla Papers in the 1990s. During and since that time, he has become a prolific author, with over a million of his more than thirty books in circulation.

Second, this issue includes a review of Karen Strand Winslow’s book, Imagining Equity. Karen serves on the Priscilla Papers Peer Review Team. As I wrote the review, I was reminded of the many recent publications by our several peer reviewers. Moreover, I was struck by how diverse and outstanding these publications are. Below is a partial and representative list:

  • Kat Armas, Abuelita Faith: What Women on the Margins Teach Us about Wisdom, Persistence, and Strength (Brazos, 2021).
  • Joshua Barron, “My God is enkAi: A Reflection of Vernacular African Theology,” Journal of Language, Culture, and Religion 2/1 (2021) 1–20.
  • Lynn Cohick, The Letter to the Ephesians, New International Commentary on the New Testament (Eerdmans, 2020).
  • Havilah Dharamraj, “The Curious Case of Hagar: Biblical Studies and the Interdisciplinary Approach of Comparative Literature,” Journal of Asian Evangelical Theology 23/2 (2019) 49–71.
  • Nijay Gupta, “Reconstructing Junia’s Imprisonment: Examining a Neglected Pauline Comment in Romans 16:7,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 47/4 (Winter 2020) 385–97.
  • Loretta Hunnicutt, “Women, Race, and Unity in the Stone-Campbell Movement,” in Slavery’s Long Shadow: Race and Reconciliation in American Christianity, ed. James Gorman, Jeff Childers, and Mark Hamilton (Eerdmans, 2019) 133–52.
  • Kyong-Jin Lee, “Nehemiah’s Socioeconomic Reform: Principles and Accomplishments,” ch. 4 in Imagined Worlds and Constructed Differences in the Hebrew Bible, ed. Jeremiah W. Cataldo (T&T Clark, 2021).
  • Esau McCaulley, Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope (IVP Academic, 2020).
  • Marion Ann Taylor, Ruth, Esther, The Story of God Bible Commentary (Zondervan Academic, 2021).
  • Karen Strand Winslow, Daughters and Fathers in the Hebrew Bible (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The United Methodist Church, 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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