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Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Volume 7, Issue 03, 2009
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Volume 7, Issue 03, 2009
Author Annang AsumangSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 7, pp 1 –26 (2009)More Less
Recent applications of social identity theories in Pauline studies have highlighted the importance of considering Paul's self-understanding as a window through which to interpret his letters. Though this insight has proved fruitful with regard to Paul's earlier letters, its application in the later prison letters has been inconsistent. This article examines the precedence for Paul's self-characterization in Ephesians 3 as Christ's prisoner "for the sake of you Gentiles", and as one of the "holy apostles and prophets" who have received God's mystery by revelation and for which he "kneels" in prayer. It is argued that aspects of the language resonate with the characterization of Daniel in Babylonian exile and that Paul portrays himself as a vehicle of God's revelation in the mold of Daniel. External evidence is also adduced in support of this interpretation, which if correct, may have some implications for interpreting the later prison letters.
Author Chuck DaySource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 7, pp 27 –37 (2009)More Less
The purpose of this article is to show that a Hebrew reconstruction of the Lord's Prayer can be gained quite easily using idioms found in other Jewish prayers found to this day in the Authorised Daily Prayer Book used in modern synagogues. Such a Hebrew reconstruction also helps to shed light on the meaning of some of the Greek phrases we find in the biblical version of the Lord's Prayer.
A review and an evaluation of diverse Christological opinions among American Evangelicals : part 3 : incarnational ChristologyAuthor Bill GroverSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 7, pp 38 –59 (2009)More Less
The writer, himself an American Evangelical, is discussing, in three articles, areas in which American Evangelicals disagree about how God the Son relates to God the Father and the meaning and effects of the true humanity and the true deity in Christ. Each position will be defined and exemplified. The rationale offered by proponents of each major position is provided. Evaluations are made. The first article focused primarily on the ancient doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son as held by some American Evangelicals but denied by others. The second article was used to consider the issue, within the perimeters of evangelicalism in America, of whether the Son is eternally or temporally only relationally subordinate to God the Father. This third article is devoted to addressing several different understandings within American Evangelicalism regarding the Incarnation. It will briefly cover Kenotic theory, views about what it means to say that Christ is true Man and true God, and how the two natures in the one Person of Christ relate to each other. Therefore, while this series is certainly connected to more general Trinitarian thought, the articles are written especially to focus on Christ. Aside from just exposing, perhaps for the first time to some readers, a number of the considerable differences among Trinitarians regarding the doctrines of God and Christ, it is hoped by the writer that these articles might also provide material useful to some to better understand the blessed Person of Jesus Christ our God, our Lord, and our Savior. To Him be glory forever.
Author Samuel Waje KunhiyopSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 7, pp 60 –80 (2009)More Less
To recover our moral sanity, there is an urgent need to retrieve and restore some positive moral foundations and beliefs which were the moral fibre of the society. These moral foundations and beliefs, transformed through serious interaction with the Word of God and inculturated into African Christianity, will save and strengthen the moral stance of the church.
Author Dan LioySource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 7, pp 81 –100 (2009)More Less
This journal article examines the faith journey of Paul, specifically as it is delineated in Philippians 3:1-14. Verses 1-6 reveal that in the past, before he put his faith in Christ, Paul trusted in his human attainments. According to verses 7-11, after Paul encountered the risen Lord on the road to Damascus, the apostle made growing in the knowledge of Christ the central focus of his existence in the here-and-now. Finally, in verses 12-14, it is disclosed that Paul set his sights on increasing in Christlikeness. Based on the sports analogy of athletes running in a race, Paul explained that following Christ requires unrelenting dedication and perseverance on the part of believers. This involves doing the following: (a) putting our past - with all its shortcomings and attainments, whether real or imagined - behind us; (b) living wholeheartedly for Christ in the present; and (c) using all our effort to press on toward the future goal of being made complete in spiritual union with Christ in heaven.
Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 7, pp 101 –116 (2009)More Less
The purpose of this article is to identify biblical pillars and parameters for establishing the role of a pastor's wife in a local church. The thesis of the article is that the Scriptures do not in any way define or prescribe the role of the pastor's wife, so we must infer the framework for her ministry as the pastor's wife from what the Scriptures teach about her identify, role, and purpose as a woman, a wife, and a believer. We propose that she is first a woman, designed to image her Creator, and then a wife, who ministers to her husband as his helper, and finally a believer who finds her identity in Christ and serves Him according to the gifts and calling He places on her.
Pagan Christianity? Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices, F. Viola and G. Barna : book reviewAuthor Noel B. WoodbridgeSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 7, pp 117 –123 (2009)More Less
Pagan Christianity? Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices may very well be one of the most important books written on the Christian church in the last two millennia. Viola and Barna team up to give their readers a critical examination of the last 1,700 years of church history.