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Volume 6

September 2008

A Brief History of Psalms Studies

Author: Kevin Gary Smith, Bill Domeris

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 Biblical Languages from Stellenbosch University and a DTh from SATS. This article emanates from his DTh dissertation, entitled The Redactional Criteria and Objectives Underlying the Arrangement of Psalms 3-8, which was supervised by Bill Domeris.

Bill earned his 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 presently serving as the Principal of The College of the Transfiguration in Grahamstown.

The purpose of this article is to evaluate the extent to which the The New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures’ (NWT) rendering of selected Christologically significant texts is consistent with its own philosophy of translation. To test the NWT’s consistency with its own philosophy of translation, the authors selected nine Christologically significant texts,

An Examination of the Consistency of the New World Translation

Author: Kenneth J. Baumgarten, Kevin Gary Smith

Ken serves as the pastor of Compass Point Community Church in Brunswick, Maine. He holds an MTh from the South African Theological Seminary. This article emanates from his MTh thesis, entitled A Critique of the New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures’ Treatment of Nine Texts Employing θεός in Reference to Jesus Christ, which was supervised by Bill Domeris.

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 Biblical Languages from Stellenbosch University and a DTh from SATS.

The purpose of this article is to evaluate the extent to which the The New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures’ (NWT) rendering of selected Christologically significant texts is consistent with its own philosophy of translation. To test the NWT’s consistency with its own philosophy of translation, the authors selected nine Christologically significant texts.

A Review and an Evaluation of Diverse Christological Opinions

Author: Bill Grover

Bill Grover holds an MA in Religion (Point Loma Nazarene University), ThM in Biblical Studies (Western Seminary) and a DTh in Systematic Theology (University of Zululand). He is presently co-authoring a book with H. Wayne House, to be called Does God
Feel Your Pain? Bill fellowships and teaches Sunday school at Grace Baptist Church in Salem, Oregon. He presently serves as postgraduate supervisor for the South African Theological Seminary.

The writer, himself an American Evangelical, intends to discuss, 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.

A Review of Rhonda Byrne, The Secret

Author: Mark Pretorius

Mark holds an MA in Biblical Studies from the University of Johannesburg and a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of Pretoria. He currently serves as a Senior Assessor and Postgraduate Supervisor at the South African Theological Seminary.

Since The Secret debuted in 2006—and was given widespread exposure on the Oprah Winfrey show—its sales have exceeded the four-million mark. Celebrities from all genres are endorsing it. At the writing of this review, it is even reported to have outsold the latest Harry Potter book by JK Rowling’s.

Liberty of Conscience and the Doctrine of Scripture

Author: Andrew Aucamp, Dan Lioy

Andrew Aucamp holds a BTh (North-West University) and an MTh (South African Theological Seminary). The current essay is based on the research done for his MTh thesis entitled A Historical and Theological Survey of the Relationship between the Principle of Liberty of Conscience and the Doctrine of Scripture in the Baptist Union of South Africa from 1930 to 2005, which was supervised by 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 Book of Ecclesiastes, 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.

This essay examines two questions. First, what is the nature of the Baptist principle “liberty of conscience” or “religious liberty,” and how is the principle meant to be understood in the context of the church’s ongoing mandate to “defend the faith”? Second, how, if at all, has the principle of liberty of conscience impacted on the doctrine of Scripture in the BUSA? Based on the authors’ examination of the data, they conclude that formulating a doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture to defend relevantly the authority of the same, does not threaten liberty of conscience.

Review of Paul Anderson, The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus

Author: Annang Asumang

Annang Asumang is a medical doctor practising medicine in England. He holds an MTh in Biblical Studies from the South African Theological Seminary, and it current doing his DTh.

Paul Anderson is Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies at the George Fox University, USA. As co-chair of the ‘John, Jesus, and History’ group of the Society of Biblical Literature meetings, he has been involved in the efforts to correct the increasing marginalization of the Gospel of John in scholarly discussions on the life and ministry of the ‘historical’ Jesus.

Review of Van der Watt, An Introduction to the Johannine Gospel and Letters

Author: Annang Asumang

Annang Asumang is a medical doctor practising medicine in England. He holds an MTh in Biblical Studies from the South African Theological Seminary, and it current doing his DTh.

Prof J G van der Watt of the New Testament Department of the University of Pretoria begins his introduction by describing the Gospel of John as “straightforward to understand only to surprise the reader with its depth and finesse of expression and ideas” (p. 1).

The Biblical Concept of Truth in the Fourth Gospel

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 Ecclesiastes, 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.

This journal article examines the biblical concept of truth in the Fourth Gospel. The essay provides a synopsis of the lexical data regarding the concept of truth. This is followed by an examination of the various places in the Gospel of John where the Greek noun altheia (which is rendered “truth”) occurs.