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Many readers of Priscilla Papers will recall John MacArthur’s October 2019 “go home” comment directed against Beth Moore. The responses abound—online, from the pulpit, and elsewhere. Among the responders, for example, is CBE International President Mimi Haddad; see her October 23 article, “Racism and Patriarchy—Twin Demons of Abuse,” on CBE’s blog. Similarly, I have decided to use this editorial as a venue for my own brief response.   Read more
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This article evaluates three patriarchal themes that arise from the literary and historical contexts of Deut 22:28–29 in order to produce three outcomes: a greater understanding of the law’s original sociological intentions, its potential theological implications, and recommendations regarding how the contemporary church might respond to such a text. Read more
Eliza Stiles
Julian of Norwich, in her Revelations of Divine Love, recounts and meditates on her revelations of Christ dying and the significance of his body and blood in his work of salvation and continued work of sustaining us. In these revelations, she appropriates this salvific work to Christ, our true mother. Using Julian’s imagery of the maternal Christ, this article argues that the inclusion of embodied female experiences in how the church understands the Eucharist is necessary for the eucharistic celebration to truly unite the whole body of Christ. Read more
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This article considers how the coming of the kingdom of God provides “an alternative ordering of society” regarding women in community and leadership. It studies Jesus’s ministry and teachings throughout the Gospels. But because Jesus was a Jew and the Torah was influential in his ministry and life, it begins by analyzing how the OT speaks to a woman’s place in society. Read more
Pushpa Samuel
In 1986, the Mar Thoma Church officially stated that there is no theological barrier to ordaining both men and women to serve the church. However, there are currently no ordained females within the global Mar Thoma Church. Why is there such a dissonance between doctrine and praxis? To study this dissonance, it is important to compare and contrast the Mar Thoma Church with the Roman Catholic Church and Church of South India (CSI), two other prominent churches in India that also have a global presence. Read more
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Catherine Kroeger, the founding president of CBE, stated, “although women had made forays into the field of biblical interpretation, it was to be Katharine Bushnell who would bring out the heavy artillery.” Mimi Haddad, current president of CBE, says that “Bushnell is to egalitarians what Luther was to the Reformation.” Why is Bushnell thought of so highly? Why would egalitarian leaders compare the revolution she began to the one Martin Luther started? And how can we continue to advance this movement that Dr. Bushnell inaugurated? This article addresses these questions in light of five spheres that Bushnell affected in stunning ways—social justice, Bible translation, interpretive method, a theology of humanity, and biblical ethics. Read more
In The #MeToo Reckoning, Everhart invites readers to “explore two types of stories around sexual assault”—current stories in the Protestant church and biblical stories. Each chapter begins with a contemporary quote and a Bible verse and ends with questions for further reflection. Everhart argues that the church has been too slow to connect the assumptions of patriarchy with the realities of sexual abuse.  Read more
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In her book, 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership, Kate Coleman outlines what she believes are the seven most destructive behaviors that women in leadership succumb to: limiting self-perceptions, failure to draw the line, inadequate personal vision, an unhealthy work-life rhythm, the ‘disease to please,' colluding instead of confronting, and neglecting family matters. Read more
Ellen Richard Vosburg
I am glad we get to pay more attention to Mary in this month’s issue. We invite you to journey with our writers as they rediscover Mary through theology, personal reflection, and real-world experiences with those who can give us insight into Mary. We hope that through this Advent season, you are encouraged to listen to Mary and discover her anew for yourself. Read more
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I recently saw a meme of the Virgin Mary with the words “well-behaved women make history” on it. The meme was a pushback on the pithy saying, “well-behaved women rarely make history.” Whoever made this meme apparently wanted women to think that we can change history if we “behave” like Mary.  Read more