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Conspectus

Volume 26

September 2018

The Appeal of the Word of Faith Movement

Author: Genis Pieterse and Kevin Smith

Genis Pieterse: PhD ( SATS, October 2016 )

Kevin Smith: D.Litt, University of Stellenbosch; PhD, SATS, Kevin is the Principal at the South African Theological Seminary,

Keywords: Word of Faith; Prosperity; Prosperity Gospel; Church Growth; Cult
Citation:

Pieterse G and Smith K 2018. The Appeal of the Word of Faith Movement. Conspectus 26:127-136.

Theologians are often mystified by the popular appeal of the Word of Faith Movement. Although biblical scholars have deconstructed the movement’s core teachings to the point where one would not expect the movement to retain a substantial following or exert significant influence, it remains the largest and fastest growing expression of Christian faith in many parts of Africa…

The Use of Classical Greek Philosophy in Early Lutheranism

Author: Jordan Cooper and Dan Lioy

Jordan Cooper is a PhD student at the South African Theological Seminary, graduating April 2019.

Dan Lioy: PhD (North-West University). The Senior Research Manager at the South African Theological Seminary, Dan has a particular research interest in intertextuality, Biblical ethics and spiritual care in professional settings.

Keywords: Metaphysics; Lutheran scholasticism; Faith and reason; Philosophy and theology; Prolegomena
Citation:

Cooper J and Lioy D 2018. The Use of Classical Greek Philosophy in Early Lutheranism. Conspectus 26:1-27

This article is an examination of the use of classical philosophy in the Lutheran tradition from Martin Luther through Johann Gerhard. It focuses particularly on the essentialist philosophies of both Plato and Aristotle as used and modified in these Lutheran writers. The claim made in this article is that though critical of Aristotelian thought on certain points, the first generations of Lutheran theologians also incorporated certain aspects of these philosophies in a positive manner within their theological systems…

Towards a Biblical Model of Funding African Missions: The Case of The Church of Pentecost in Ghana

Author: Nicholas Darko and Vincent Atterbury

Nicholas Darko is a PhD student at the South African Theological Seminary, graduating October 2018.

Vincent Atterbury: DTh (UNISA). Vincent’s specialist field is leadership. He is a research supervisor at the South African Theological Seminary and has served as Director of Education and Training for AFM.

Keywords: Funding; Missions; Africa; Poverty; The Church of Pentecost-Ghana
Citation:

Darko N and Atterbury V 2018. Towards a Biblical Model of Funding African Missions: The Case of The Church of Pentecost in Ghana. Conspectus 26:28-45.

The objective of this study is to find out how the Church of Pentecost in Ghana, a missional African church, can improve the funding of its African missions. Based on a modified version of the Osmer model of practical theology, the study used literary, biblical analysis and qualitative approaches. The missions-funding praxis of the church was analysed against biblical guidelines…

Reading the Markan Transfiguration (Mark 9:1-9) in the Light of Jesus’ Scattering of the Tyrian Baal Coins

Author: Bill Domeris

Bill (William) Domeris is a Biblical scholar living in East London, South Africa. He is a PhD graduate from the University of Durham (UK 1983). He has served as a Senior Academic at SATS since 2011, with particular responsibility for doctoral students. He is presently a research associate at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State.

Keywords: Transfiguration; Baal coins; Irony; Mark’s Gospel; Temple
Citation:

Domeris B 2018. Reading the Markan Transfguration (Mark 9:1-9) in the Light of Jesus’ Scattering of the Tyrian Baal Coins. Conspectus 46-60.

The transfiguration is found in all three Synoptic Gospels yet remains one of the more puzzling incidents in the life of Jesus. At the level of narrative, the event forms the bridge between the Galilean ministry of Jesus and his coming passion and the occasion is bracketed by warnings of his imminent death. Focusing on the Gospel of Mark, I suggest that there are elements of dramatic irony present, when we read the account of the transfiguration in the light of Jesus’ intervention in the temple…

The Theologian’s Speech: Stuttering and the Beauty of Christ

Author: Robert Falconer and Dan Lioy

Robert Falconer: BTech Arch, NMMU; PhD, SATS. Robert practised architecture for seven years, after which he went to Kenya as a missionary. He is a Research Supervisor for MTh and PhD candidates at the South African Theological Seminary. His primary research interests are in Systematic Theology, Philosophical-Theology, New Testament, soteriology and eschatology.

Dan Lioy: PhD (North-West University). The Senior Research Manager at the South African Theological Seminary, Dan has a particular research interest in intertextuality, Biblical ethics and spiritual care in professional settings .

Keywords: Theologian’s Speech; Stuttering; The Apostle Paul; Moses; Beauty of Christ
Citation:

Falconer R and Lioy D 2018. The Theologian’s Speech: Stuttering and the Beauty of Christ. Conspectus 26:61-98.

Testimony, scholarship, and pastoral-devotion form a triad to this journal article on stuttering and its relationship to the beauty of Christ, for the theologian who stutters. The paper begins with some of the personal struggles of stuttering highlighted in a personal testimony. Stuttering can be described as disfluency of speech, characterised by frequent stoppages in the flow of speech, usually with a repetition of sounds, syllables, or even one-syllable words…

Genesis 4:8: Why did Cain Murder His Brother?

Author: Callie Joubert

Callie Joubert: PhD (UK-ZN); DPhil (UJ); MPhil/BPhil(US); BA (UNISA); Dipl in Theology (TCSA). Callie is a Postgraduate research supervisor at SATS.

Keywords: Abel; Cain; Envy; Murder; Passions
Citation:

Joubert C 2018. Genesis 4:8: Wy did Cain Murder His Brother? Conspectus 26:99-113.

The literature on Genesis 4:1−16 advances several reasons why Cain murdered Abel. The majority of commentators believe that Cain killed him because of anger, jealousy or envy. Some suggest that the murder is to be explained by Cain’s depression. Those who believe that Cain was jealous of Abel often confuse jealousy with envy. Then there are those who oppose the idea that Cain killed Abel out of envy, and suggest that God was capricious to reject Cain’s offering…

God’s ‘Repentance’ in light of the Covenantal Relationship between שׁוּב and נָחַם in Jeremiah 18:1−10

Author: Allen Bythel Marsh and Bill Domeris

Allen Bythel Marsh is a PhD student at the South African Theological Seminary, graduating October 2018.

Bill (William) Domeris is a Biblical scholar living in East London, South Africa. He is a PhD graduate from the University of Durham (UK 1983), where he studied under the late Professor C K Barrett. He has served as a Senior Academic at SATS since 2011, with particular responsibility for doctoral students. He is presently a research associate at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State.

Keywords: Jeremiah 18; Repentance; Potter; Clay; Covenantal Relationship
Citation:

Marsh AB and Domeris B 2018. God’s ‘Repentance’ in light of the Covenantal Relationship between שׁוּב and נָחַם in Jeremiah 18:1−10. Conspectus 26:114-126.

This article addresses the relationship between two Hebrew verbs found in Jeremiah 18:7−10 that may shed light on the subject of God’s ‘repentance’, especially when the Hebrew verbs words are viewed from the context of the covenant. We see that the main point of the passage shifts from the potter’s unilateral control and sovereignty over the clay to the flexibility of the potter to work with his clay…