Priscilla Papers is an interdisciplinary journal. And rightly so, for both CBE and Priscilla Papers advocate for an interdisciplinary cause. More precisely, CBE and Priscilla Papers advocate in an interdisciplinary way for a biblical cause, a Christian cause, a kingdom cause.
While the journal is understandably heavy on biblical and theological investigation, evangelical egalitarianism also gains insight and momentum from other disciplines—including, but certainly not limited to, history, literature, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. And, of course, each of these disciplines includes more specific modes of inquiry and expression, such as anthropology, ethics, hermeneutics, homiletics, logic, and pastoral theology.
Priscilla Papers is both academic and applicable, both scholarly and accessible. Each discipline has a certain amount of technical vocabulary. The most obvious example is our frequent use of ancient languages. Though many of our readers have studied Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek, many others rely on transliteration to navigate articles whose argumentation depends on details of these languages. Similarly, each discipline comes with a set of methodologies of interest to practitioners, but not necessarily to non-specialists. In this issue, for example, Susan Howell and Cameron Schatt have contributed an article based on a social scientific methodology that includes frequent reference to statistics. Unlike a journal written specifically for an audience of social science experts, Priscilla Papers has moved these statistics to the endnotes. (No need to thank me!)
The contents of this particular issue of Priscilla Papers prompt me to write about the interdisciplinary nature of our task—or “interdisciplinarity,” as the cover theme states. Here you will first encounter a moving piece by Doug Groothuis. Though Doug is Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary, this article does not arise primarily from the discipline of philosophy. Rather, it is a personal reflection on Rebecca Merrill Groothuis’s contribution to biblical equality. Second is the above-mentioned article by Susan Howell and Cameron Schatt, which was conceived in a psychology course on gender at Campbellsville University in Kentucky. Third is a theological consideration of Mary’s Magnificat in light of its status as inspired and canonized text, written by Nijay Gupta, who teaches New Testament at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Following is an intriguing and enlightening article by historian Jason Eden, who teaches at St. Cloud University in Minnesota. We then move to an article that stands at the intersection of biblical and literary studies, written by Francine Allen of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. The issue ends with homiletical flourish as Jennifer Morrow makes personal the question “Why Not Women?” with a sermon titled, “Why Not You?”
With interdisciplinarity comes uniqueness, and I trust you will agree that, as these several authors blur the lines of discipline-specific writing, they bring to light new ideas, new connections, new examples of integrative thinking. I thank them for their contributions, and I encourage you to do the same if you have the opportunity.