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Volume 10

September 2010

Defining Christian Transformational Leadership

Author: Thomas O. Scarborough

Thomas is the minister of an evangelical, urban, cosmopolitan Congregational Church in Cape Town. He holds an MTh in Systematic Theology (Church Leadership) from SATS, and is currently completing an MA in Inter-Cultural Studies (Global Church Leadership) at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.

Christian Transformational Leadership is a major leadership theory whereby the Christian leader, most simply, seeks to influence (or transform) followers on the basis of his or her vision and character. However, definitions of the theory remain sketchy, and in their present form do not offer an adequate basis for research.

Interpreting Parables: One Point or Many?

Author: Zoltan L. Erdey

Zoltan is the Head of e-Learning at the South African Theological Seminary. He holds a PhD in Biblical Studies (SATS). His academic interests also include, inter alia, parable interpretation and apologetics.

Two modes of parable interpretation have dominated much of church history. The first and most dominant was allegorization, in which each element in the parable narrative was contrasted with a real life referent, thought to communicate an enigmatic or spiritual truth.

Review of Linton and Mowat

Author: Kevin G. Smith

Kevin is the Vice-Principal and Academic Head of the South African Theological Seminary. He holds an MA in New Testament from Global University, a DLitt in Greek from Stellenbosch University, and a PhD in Theology (Old Testament) from SATS.

John Linton and Harriet Mowat state their purpose as follows: “The primary purpose of this book is to address the question: How can we faithfully use qualitative research to provide accurate data for theological reflection?” (vii).

Review of Richard Osmer, Practical Theology

Author: Kevin G. Smith

Kevin is the Vice-Principal and Academic Head of the South African Theological Seminary. He holds an MA in New Testament from Global University, a DLitt in Greek from Stellenbosch University, and a PhD in Theology (Old Testament) from SATS.

Osmer’s primary purpose is to equip congregational leaders to engage in practical theological interpretation of episodes, situations, and contexts that confront them in ministry.

The Garden of Eden as a Primordial Temple

Author: Daniel T. Lioy

Dan earned the BSc from the University of Southern California, the ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, and the PhD from North-West University (Potchefstoom Campus, South Africa). He is a Senior Academic at South African Theological Seminary. He is also a professional researcher, writer, and editor of biblical resource materials, including scholarly monographs, commentaries, and dictionaries.

This journal article considers ways in which the Garden of Eden functioned as a primordial temple for humankind. An examination of the creation narrative points to Eden as the earliest-occurring sacred space.