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Conspectus

Volume 3

March 2007

A review of the Africa Bible Commentary

Author: Dr Christopher Peppler

Chris Peppler is the founder and chairman of the South African Theological Seminary. He holds doctorates in different fields of Christian studies. He has also served as the senior pastor of the Lonehill Village Church for the past 20 years.

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 describe the limitations of this review. Firstly, I have not read all 1,585 pages of this one-volume commentary on the whole Bible.

Christian-Muslim Engagement

Author: Anna-Marie Lockard

Dr Anna-Marie Lockard holds an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Lael College and Graduate School, an MTh in Missiology from the South African Theological Seminary and a PhD in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has lectured at Trinity Seminary and Africa Nazarene Theological College. Currently she serves as Vice Principal for Academic Affairs at Nazarene Theological College in South Africa and as a postgraduate supervisor for the South African Theological Seminary.

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 Migrant Camp of the People of God

Author: Annang Asumang, Bill Domeris

Dr Asumang is a medical doctor practicing medicine in England. He holds an MTh in Biblical Studies from the South African Theological Seminary.

Dr Bill Domeris holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Durham. He was a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand 1982-2002 and is present involved in pastoral ministry in East London.

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.

The Moral Law from a Christ-centered Perspective

Author: Dan Lioy

Dan Lioy holds a ThM (Dallas Theological Seminary) and a PhD (North-West University). He has lectured at Trinity Theological Seminary, Marylhurst University, and Southwestern College. He has written several academic monographs, including ones on the Sermon on the Mount, the Gospel of John, and the Book of Revelation. He also serves as a postgraduate supervisor with the South African Theological Seminary.

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 Structure of Titus

Author: Kevin Gary Smith

Kevin Smith is the Vice-Principal and Academic Head of the South African Theological Seminary. He holds an MA (New Testament) from Global University and a DLitt (Biblical Languages) from the University of Stellenbosch.

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.

The Unique Status of Jesus as the Divine Messiah

Author: Dan Lioy

Dan Lioy holds a ThM (Dallas Theological Seminary) and a PhD (North-West University). He has lectured at Trinity Theological Seminary, Marylhurst University, and Southwestern College. He has written several academic monographs, including ones on the Sermon on the Mount, the Gospel of John, and the Book of Revelation. He is presently a postgraduate supervisor with the South African Theological Seminary.

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.