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Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Volume 16, Issue 09, 2013
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Volume 16, Issue 09, 2013
Author Dan LioySource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 16, pp 1 –45 (2013)More Less
This essay undertakes a comparative analysis of the Song of Moses and Paul's speech to the Athenians. One incentive for doing so is the opportunity to address the issue of whether Paul overly diluted his proclamation of the gospel to accommodate the proclivities of his pagan (gentile) audience. A second motivation for considering the relationship between these two portions of scripture is that this topic has received only a cursory consideration in the secondary academic literature. This study concludes that at a literary, conceptual, and linguistic level, Paul connected his message to the Athenians with the theological perspective of the Song of Moses (and more broadly with that of the Tanakh). Another determination is that the apostle did not weaken his declaration of the good news to oblige the tendencies of his listeners. Rather, Paul examined the most exemplary archetypes of secular philosophical thought in his day, compared their dogmas to the truths of scripture, and declared how God's Word is infinitely superior.
Author Kevin G. SmithSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 16, pp 47 –78 (2013)More Less
This article applies the methodology of Integrated Theology (Smith 2013) to attempt to answer this question: 'Can a man who has committed adultery and thus caused the failure of his marriage later serve as an elder, meeting the biblical requirements for eldership?' After surveying various pieces of evidence, including biblical and historical evidence, the author concludes the requirements for eldership would generally exclude such candidates, but that the biblical evidence falls short of an absolute prohibition and leaves the door open for the rare exceptions that prove the rule. Therefore, a church can defend either of two positions: an exclusion position or an exception position.
The prophetic witness of Amos and its relevance for today's church in African countries for promoting social justice, especially in democratic South AfricaSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 16, pp 79 –100 (2013)More Less
The purpose of this article is to show that the prophetic witness of Amos is relevant for today's church in African countries for promoting social justice, because of the growing corruption in African societies, especially in democratic South Africa. Firstly, relevant concepts relating to the prophetic witness of the church for promoting social justice are defined. Secondly, an attempt is made - using three theological arguments - to demonstrate that the church is called upon by God to be a prophetic witness for social justice in secular society. Thirdly, a biblical examination of the prophetic witness of Amos is presented, especially relating to the context, the call and the message of Amos. Fourthly, a discussion on the relevance of the prophetic witness of Amos for African churches today, especially in South Africa, is provided. Sixthly, recent developments and challenges for today's church in African countries like South Africa to revive their prophetic witness are described. Finally, the article proposes certain practical guidelines - based on the prophetic witness of Amos - for today's church on how to promote social justice in African countries, especially in democratic South Africa.
The end times made simple: how could everybody be so wrong about biblical prophecy, S.E. Waldron : reviewAuthor Noel WoodbridgeSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 16, pp 101 –110 (2013)More Less
Nowadays there is much confusion in the field of eschatology. On the one hand, believers are being advised to 'follow the unbiblical, complex and bizarre scheme of Dispensationalism with its "Secret Rapture," political Anti-Christ and worldly Millennium' (WTS Books 2013).
On the other hand, the 'full preterists' inform us 'that all biblical prophecy has been fulfilled', and they say that we ought not to expect Christ to descend from the sky in judgment and triumph. However, in his book, The end times made simple, Waldron claims that both of these end-time schemes are incorrect and that the Bible teaching on the end-times is actually quite straightforward (WTS Books 2013).