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Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Volume 10, Issue 1, 2010
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Volume 10, Issue 1, 2010
Author Zoltan L. ErdeySource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 10, pp 5 –24 (2010)More Less
Two modes of parable interpretation have dominated much of church history. The first and most dominant was allegorization, in which each element in the parable narrative was contrasted with a real life referent, thought to communicate an enigmatic or spiritual truth. In contrast to the allegorical exegetical method is the single-lesson interpretive model, which advocates that parables teach a single lesson. None of these interpretive models are adequate, for they either oversimplifying or unnecessarily allegorising the parables of Jesus. The model recommended by Blomberg, which views the parables as teaching one, two, or three lessons, contingent on the number of main characters in the parables, avoids the pitfalls on the two extremes, and ought to be adopted as the standard evangelical model.
Author Daniel T. LioySource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 10, pp 25 –57 (2010)More Less
This journal article considers ways in which the Garden of Eden functioned as a primordial temple for humankind. An examination of the creation narrative points to Eden as the earliest-occurring sacred space. Because it is a prototype and archetype of future temples, Eden provides a conceptual framework for understanding and appreciating their purpose. Moreover, an analysis of the biblical data indicates that God intended Adam and Eve to serve as His sacerdotal vice-regents in the garden. Indeed, Eden is regarded as the starting point for fellowship between God and redeemed humanity.
Author Thomas O. ScarboroughSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 10, pp 58 –87 (2010)More Less
Christian Transformational Leadership is a major leadership theory whereby the Christian leader, most simply, seeks to influence (or transform) followers on the basis of his or her vision and character. However, definitions of the theory remain sketchy, and in their present form do not offer an adequate basis for research. This article details how a suitable body of Christian Transformational Leadership literature was selected and a definition extracted from the literature. It further suggests ways in which a definition of Christian Transformational Leadership may serve to advance research in the field.
Review of Linton and Mowat, Qualitative Research and Practical Theology
Qualitative research and practical theology, J. Linton and H. Mowat : book reviewSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 10, pp 88 –98 (2010)More Less
John Linton and Harriet Mowat state their purpose as follows: 'The primary purpose of this book is to address the question: How can we faithfully use qualitative research to provide accurate data for theological reflection?' (vii). In other words, the book is about the use of qualitative research for practical theology. To be more specific, their objective is to show how practical theologians can use qualitative research to form or transform practices which are faithful to the gospel.
Review of Richard Osmer, Practical Theology : An Introduction
Practical theology : an introduction, R.R. Osmer : book reviewSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 10, pp 99 –113 (2010)More Less
Osmer's primary purpose is to equip congregational leaders to engage in practical theological interpretation of episodes, situations, and contexts that confront them in ministry. A secondary purpose is to equip theological educators to train students in the skills of practical theological reflection.
Review of Thomas Groome, Sharing Faith : The Way of Shared Praxis
Sharing faith : a comprehensive approach to religious education and pastoral ministry : the way of shared praxis, T.H. Groome : book reviewAuthor Noel B. WoodbridgeSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 10, pp 115 –132 (2010)More Less
As a member of the religious education faculty at Boston College, Thomas Groome has for a number of years been working on and refining an approach to Christian education, which he calls shared Christian praxis. His interest in developing this approach emanates from a concern that arose during his doctoral work. He pursued it diligently in his dissertation, in a series of essays, and later in this and other books.