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Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Volume 4, Issue 09, 2007
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Volume 4, Issue 09, 2007
Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, put on the Last Adam : the background of Paul's ethical instructions in Romans 13 : 11-14Author Annang AsumangSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 4, pp 1 –22 (2007)More Less
The background of Paul's ethical instructions in Rom 13 : 11-14, that, in view of the imminent return of Christ, Christians should eschew sinful behaviour and instead live righteously, have been assumed by several commentators to have derived from a cluster of disparate images. This approach however results in an irregular and unsatisfactory appreciation of the powerful rhetorical effects of the passage. In this paper, by exploring elements of Paul's doctrine of the ""Last Adam"" and its associations, especially the ""Divine Warrior"" motif, I propose that the images in the passage are derived from this Last Adam doctrine. Christians must be motivated to live godly lives because they will imminently inherit the incorruptible and glorious nature of the Last Adam by sharing in the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 4, pp 23 –39 (2007)More Less
An examination of John 2 : 1-22 affirms the Fourth Gospel's emphasis on Jesus being the divine, incarnate Torah. The miracle of changing water into wine at a humble peasant wedding in Cana of Galilee revealed that the Logos is the Creator of all things. In order to bring about overflowing joy associated with the fulfilment of the law's messianic promises, it was necessary for Jesus to atone for the sins of humanity, particularly through the shedding of His blood on the cross. Jesus' clearing the temple courts in Jerusalem validated His claim to be greater than this shrine and to have authority over all the religious institutions associated with it. By His bold act, the one who is the culmination of the Tanakh 4 signaled that the judgment of God rested on the established civil and religious authorities. They were giving way to the new order of forgiveness from sin and fellowship with the Lord.
Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 4, pp 41 –64 (2007)More Less
This essay explores whether self or the Savior is at the heart of the prosperity gospel. An analysis and critique of its dogma indicates that it is predominantly anthropocentric, rather than Christocentric. This ego-focused outlook is likewise present in the health-and-wealth movement. One discovers that preachers of success are touting a religion of self in which people are the measure of all things. A detailed discussion of Ephesians 1 : 3-23 provides a needed biblical response. One learns that the Son, not self, is at the heart of the Father's plan of redemption. Also, it is in Christ alone that believers find forgiveness, hope, and wisdom. Only He is the meta-narrative of life, whether temporal or eternal in nature. Indeed, He is the sole reason for the existence of the church and the one who enables believers to complete their God-given work.
Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 4, pp 65 –81 (2007)More Less
Ernst-August Gutt sparked a massive debate amongst Bible translation theorists and practitioners when he proposed that the communication theory known as relevance theory offers the best framework for understanding the phenomenon of translation. His work challenged the prevailing views of Eugene Nida and caused a divide amongst translators, some supporting a relevance theoretical approach and others criticising it.The purpose of this article is to present a brief history of Bible translation theory, culminating in emergence of relevance theory in the 1990s as a proposed theoretical framework for Bible translation. The article will descriptionbe how relevance theory emerged as a theoretical construct for translation, offer a brief synopsis of major areas of research into the application of relevance theory to translation, and conclude by identifying a few areas requiring further research and reflection.
Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 4, pp 83 –95 (2007)More Less
The aim of this paper is to investigate the true nature of psychotherapy. In particular, an attempt will be made to answer the question : Is psychotherapy a science or a religion? It is a sad fact that today's church has to a large extent given up its call to minister to hurting people, because Christians believe the myth that psychotherapy is a science. The paper argues that psychotherapy, in fact, is not a science, but rather another religion and that today's church needs to return to the biblical counselling of the early church, which is far more effective than psychotherapy.
Understanding the emerging church movement : an overview of its strengths, areas of concern and implications for today's evangelicalsSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 4, pp 97 –113 (2007)More Less
The purpose of this paper is to examine the emerging church movement (ECM) in order to come to a better understanding of its strengths in the context of a postmodern society, and its areas of concern relating to matters of doctrine and ethics. The paper concludes with remarks concerning the emerging church movement and some implications for today's evangelicals.
Excellence in theological education : effective training for church leaders, S.A. Hardy : book reviewSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 4, pp 149 –150 (2007)More Less
Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 4 (2007)More Less
I realise that it is unusual to write a review five years after a work is published, but I only recently discovered this outstanding work on the life of Jesus Christ, which deserves to be better known. Seccombe devotes the first 64 pages to the resurrection of Jesus. He then goes back to the beginning of Jesus' public ministry and, starting with John the Baptist, analyses Jesus' ministry years loosely in chronological order, although convenience leads him to treat certain aspects of Jesus' ministry topically (e.g., Chapter 10 : Miracle Worker).