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Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Volume 3, Issue 03, 2007
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Volume 3, Issue 03, 2007
Author Bill DomerisSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 3, pp 1 –33 (2007)More Less
Although the movement motif is prominent in Hebrews, it has not been demonstrated that it unites the epistle. In a previous article, we proposed that the author used the spaces of the wilderness camp and tabernacle as a heuristic device for the Christological expositions. This article will employ the root metaphor of migration to explain the exhortations and suggest that ""the Migrant Camp of God's People"" serves as a uniting theme for Hebrews. Judging that the precarious state of his congregation typologically corresponded to that of the Exodus generation, the author has provided us with a Christian interpretation of the Book of Numbers as its solution. This relationship also accounts for the epistle's unique literary structure.
The unique status of Jesus as the Divine Messiah : an exegetical and theological analysis of Mark 1 : 1, 9-13Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 3, pp 34 –53 (2007)More Less
The intent of this essay is to analyze Mark 1 : 1, 9-13 in order to elucidate the unique status of Jesus as the divine Messiah. An exegetical and theological examination of these verses indicates that with the advent of the Redeemer, God has initiated a new spiritual beginning for humanity. As the Son of God, Jesus enjoys a special and intimate relationship with the Father. Jesus is also fully and absolutely equal to the Father and the Spirit. Furthermore, Jesus, as the ideal Israelite and representative of the human race, completely devoted Himself to do the Father's will, despite the fact that it would eventually cost the Messiah His own life. Even repeated attacks from Satan and the humiliation of the divine Saviour on the cross did not deter Him from fulfilling His preordained mission. In every episode, the Son, who enjoyed the Father's approval and the Spirit's abiding presence, proved Himself to be ""God's Chosen One"" (John 1 : 33).
Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 3, pp 54 –89 (2007)More Less
This essay uses a canonical and integrative approach to examine the nature of the moral law from a Christ-centered perspective. The writer affirms that the Messiah, as the divine, incarnate Torah (John 1 : 1, 14, 16-18), fulfilled the law by carrying out its ethical injunctions, showing forth its true spiritual meaning, and bringing all that it stood for prophetically to completion (Matt 5 : 17). The Redeemer is the culmination (that is, the destination, goal, outcome, and fulfillment) of the law for believers (Rom 10 : 4) and the realization of the law's types, prophecies, and expectations (Heb 1 : 1-4; 8 : 8-8, 13). While His death and resurrection put an end to the administrative and ritual aspects of the law, its universal moral absolutes remain authoritative and applicable for His followers (Jas 1 : 19-20, 22-27; 2 : 8-27). The foremost way they heed the moral law is by showing unconditional, Christlike love to others (Rom 13 : 8-10; Jas 2 : 8).
Author Anna-Marie LockardSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 3, pp 90 –97 (2007)More Less
Issues of religious diversity and interfaith understanding take centre stage in today's post-modern global society. Since September 11 (911), the church's mission to engage the Muslim community has been met with both obstacles and opportunities. The quintessential of global Christian witness is to have a pellucid grasp of the dangers and opportunities for Christian-Muslim witness. Basic principles of encounter must be relational rather than confrontative. Contextualisation must be viewed as both an opportunity and a challenge. Seeking a common witness can pose theological concerns for those who seek interfaith understanding among Muslims.
Author Kevin Gary SmithSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 3, pp 98 –110 (2007)More Less
In terms of structure, Titus is one of the most neatly crafted epistles in the New Testament, its key structural marker has gone largely unnoticed in scholarly literature. In this article, I set forth a proposal that criss-cross chiasmus provides the structural skeleton around which the letter is built. I point out three occurrences of this technique in the letter and illustrate how it might be used as the primary organising principle of the letter's macrostructure.
Author Christopher PepplerSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 3, pp 111 –116 (2007)More Less
My qualifications for reviewing this commentary are two decades in full time pastoral church leadership and a decade of academic research and teaching. Right up front, however, let me descriptionbe the limitations of this review. Firstly, I have not read all 1,585 pages of this one-volume commentary on the whole Bible. Instead, I have focused on the first three chapters of Genesis, the first 15 chapters of Exodus, Malachi, John, Acts, First Corinthians, and Revelation. I have not read all of the 78 articles but I have attempted to follow key threads through them. The second limitation is my own cultural background and education. I was born in South Africa, have lived here my whole life and my ancestors go back to the 1820 settlers. However, my cultural upbringing was decidedly Western in orientation. My education too was heavily influenced by European thought patterns and traditions.