Academic Article

Kephale is a Body Part: Unified Interdependence in Relationship in Ephesians 5

Submitted by Margaret on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 10:00

Reframing the Debate over Figurative Meaning

In the spring of 2015, I listened to my NT Greek professor explain different interpretive approaches to “For the husband is the head [kephalē] of the wife as Christ is the head [kephalē] of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior” (Eph 5:23 NIV). He explained that some people think kephalē means “authority” and some people think it means “source.” His comments echoed what I had heard in almost every treatment of Eph 5:23 I had read.

Editor's Reflection: Spring 2021

Submitted by Margaret on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 06:36

The cover of this issue of Priscilla Papers shows Rembrandt’s depiction of the Apostle Paul poring over a book. In 2 Timothy 4:13, the verse that provides this issue’s theme, Paul asks Timothy, “. . . and bring the books.”

I just looked at a recent issue of a theological journal, sitting on my shelf within arm’s reach, to see how many book reviews it contains: forty-six. This is several more than the thirty published in Priscilla Papers since I became editor in the autumn of 2014.

Racism, Revolution, and Redemption: Let’s Not Do 2020 Again

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 02/05/2021 - 13:14

Dear non-POC1 friends of CBE International,

If you are reading this message, congratulations. You’ve survived a year of global pandemic, economic recession, social distancing, wildfires, floods, an ammonium nitrate explosion, murder hornets, and likely the most acrimonious US presidential election in living memory. If you’re looking at this list thinking, “feels like something’s missing,” it’s because some of us didn’t survive the racial disharmony that was also a hallmark of 2020.

Also a Mother: Asian Feminist Theology Promotes God Also as Mother

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 02/05/2021 - 12:57

Imagine waiting to be born inside a small, warm, and dark home. You feel safe and protected, and every need is provided. You are aware of a faraway pulsing and gentle voice. Eventually, the walls begin to squeeze in on you. At first, gently, then with greater force. You are ejected not so much out, but into a new home. You are born. You experience the gentle voice hinted at inside the womb as a person. You recognize her as Mother.

Ordained Women in the Church

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 02/05/2021 - 12:39

Women today have proven themselves successful in medicine, law, and virtually all other professions. Why, then, do certain churches refuse to ordain them? Some churches claim that ordaining women would be contrary to tradition and Scripture. Men, they say, have led the church for centuries, but female clergy are a relatively new phenomenon, one that reflects the influence of secular humanism and modernism, not orthodox teaching. However, this argument ignores the facts.

YHWH and Marginalization: Israel’s Widows and Abuelita Theology

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 02/05/2021 - 11:22

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The idea of human rights—fundamental rights for each human irrespective of his or her gender, social status, or origin1—is a characteristic of our modern world and a fruit of the Enlightenment.

Covenant Partners: An Egalitarian Reading of Genesis 17:15–16

Submitted by Margaret on Tue, 12/29/2020 - 08:21

Personhood is deeply intertwined with the names we are given. In the biblical narrative, names of characters brim with meaning. Such meaning is enhanced in those instances in which a person takes or is given a new name.1 A rare example of a woman undergoing a name change is Sarai, who takes on the new identity of “Sarah” in Gen 17. This transpires within the various iterations of God’s covenant with Abraham (the Abrahamic covenant) found in Gen 12–17.