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Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Volume 14, Issue 09, 2012
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Volume 14, Issue 09, 2012
The role of the doctrine of Trinitarian worship in Paul's dispute with the Judaizers : Galatians 4:6 and Philippians 3:3 as test casesSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 14, pp 1 –55 (2012)More Less
Paul's dispute with the Judaizers primarily centred on the soteriological implications of the 'works of the law', specifically, whether the circumcision of males, participation in Jewish festivals, and eating of kosher food were a priori preconditions for salvation. However, several aspects of Paul's arguments indicate that there were secondary areas of divergence from these Jewish opponents, which, when taken together with the primary issue, have important implications for understanding the theological bases of the 'parting of the ways' between Christianity and Judaism. One such secondary issue is reflected in Paul's appeal to Trinitarian worship as part of his denunciation of the Judaizers. After a brief summary of the dimensions of Paul's dispute with the Judaizers, this article sets out definitional criteria for identifying references to Trinitarian worship as Paul conceptualized it in his letters. It then demonstrates that Galatians 4:6 and Philippians 3:3 are test cases describing the role of the doctrine of Trinitarian worship in the dispute. It concludes by enumerating the implications of the findings to the Trinitarian distinctiveness of Christian worship.
Stage development theory and the use of elementary exegesis in Bible teaching to children : a child-focused and bible-orientated pedagogical approachAuthor Robert BrodieSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 14, pp 57 –80 (2012)More Less
This paper advocates the use of a child-focused and Bible-orientated stage development approach to the teaching of the Bible to children. Piaget's theories on the cognitive development of children and the adaptation of those theories to religious education by Goldman and others provide the overall framework for an evaluation of aspects of a presentation of a Bible story compiled from assignments submitted by South African theological students. The evaluation identifies several shortcomings in the presentation. The article then considers two major difficulties in teaching the Bible to children before proposing how the shortcomings in the students' presentation can be addressed.
Author Frank JabiniSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 14, pp 81 –121 (2012)More Less
The purpose of this paper is to study the issues of spiritual spouses and identify possibly ways in which the church can respond to this phenomenon. The study conducted was a biblical, historical, and systematic enquiry into this phenomenon, with relationship between the 'sons of God' and 'daughter of man' in Genesis 6:2 as the point of departure. The study revealed that the scriptures and both past and present church leaders taught that spiritual beings can be involved in sexual activities with human beings. The paper concluded by proposing practical ways in which the church should respond to this phenomenon.
Author Jake H. Oâ??ConnellSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 14, pp 123 –131 (2012)More Less
In this article, a solution is proposed to an alleged contradiction between the Gospel of John, and the Synoptic Gospels - an apparent contradiction concerning whether or not Mary knew that Jesus was raised when she saw the disciples after her visit to the tomb. John appears to suggest that Mary did not know that Jesus was raised from the dead, whereas the Synoptic Gospels appear to indicate that she did know this. However, it is most likely that Mary Magdalene did not know Jesus was raised from the dead, but the other women did. Therefore, there is no contradiction, because Mary Magdalene and the other women made two different visits to two different groups of disciples. Mary Magdalene left the tomb by herself before the angels had appeared. Before anyone had realised that Jesus had been raised, she reported to Peter and the Beloved Disciple. The other women left the tomb after the angels had appeared, and hence, they did know Jesus was raised, and they reported to another group of disciples.
Author Martin PohlmannSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 14, pp 133 –152 (2012)More Less
Christians typically seek to approach life from a biblical perspective. Within this biblical perspective, an apocalyptic view on life encourages them to experience the reality of a relationship with God in adverse conditions. With this in mind, this article focused on the biblical apocalyptic tradition found in Exodus chapter 15, later interpreted christologically in the Apocalypse of John chapter 15; the 'victory song of Moses', and the 'victory song of Moses and the Lamb'. Literature on the dialogue between these two songs was researched, and the implications for suffering Christians were explored. Finally, this article demonstrated how Christians may be aware of the 'secular' onslaught on this 'sacred' perspective.
A strategy for developing a sustainable sports ministry through soccer evangelism in the local churches in Tshwane using Browning's multidisciplinary modelSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 14, pp 153 –172 (2012)More Less
Due to the recent participation of numerous South African churches in various outreach programmes during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, there has been renewed focus on the opportunities available for sports ministries in local churches today. The aim of this article is to present a strategy for developing a sustainable sports ministry through soccer evangelism in the local churches in Tshwane, using Browning's multidisciplinary model with its four sub-movements : descriptive theology, historical theology, systematic theology, and strategic practical theology.
Move : What 1000 Churches REVEAL about Spiritual Growth, G.L. Hawkins and C. Parkinson : book reviewSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 14, pp 173 –190 (2012)More Less
One of the positive trends in contemporary conservative Christian circles is the renewed focus on discipleship and spiritual formation. Like the rest of the society in which it witnesses, the church is coming round to once again appreciate that quality is as important as quantity. So, it is now widely reaffirmed that the number of people attending church services or involved in Christian activities are on their own unreliable for gauging the spiritual health of the church. The quality of spiritual development, at both individual and congregational levels, is even more important.
Review article : two contrasting views on the historical authenticity of the Adam character in the Genesis creation narrativesAuthor Daniel T. LioySource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 14, pp 191 –224 (2012)More Less
Collins CJ 2011. Did Adam and Eve really exist? Who they were and why you should care. Wheaton: Crossway.
Enns P 2012. The evolution of Adam: what the Bible does and doesn't say about human origins. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press.
In this review article, a comparison is made between the recent publications authored by C. J. Collins and P. Enns concerning the historical authenticity of the Adam character (and to a lesser extent Eve) in the Genesis creation narratives. The first section introduces and provides the rationale for the essay. Next, in the second and third sections, an overview of each author's respective books is undertaken. Then, the final section concludes by comparing the presuppositions made and deductions put forward by each author. The intent is not to adjudicate whether the exegetical choices and theological positions advocated by either writer have greater or lesser value. Instead, it is to provide concerned readers with a fresh perspective of how two representative biblical scholars address a topic that is pertinent to the wider discussion on science and religion.