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Conspectus

Volume 25

March 2018

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An Exegetical Discussion of Mark 2:1–12: Lessons for Forgiveness and Healing in Contemporary Christianity in Ghana

Daniel Nii Aboagye Aryeh

Daniel Nii Aboagye Aryeh (Rev) is the Ag. Dean of the School of Theology, Perez University College, Winneba Ghana. He teaches biblical Greek and Hebrew, and biblical hermeneutics. He is a PhD Candidate (Biblical Studies) at Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon Ghana. He has published in the area of biblical interpretation, missions, and pentecostalism. He is currently working on a book: ``Biblical, Traditional, and Theological Framework for Understanding Christian Prophetism in Ghana Today`` with Wipf and Stock Publishers.

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Aryeh D 2018. An Exegetical Discussion of Mark 2:1–12: Lessons for Forgiveness and Healing in Contemporary Christianity in Ghana. Conspectus 25:1-20
Keywords
Confession; Disease; Sickness; Forgiveness; Healing; Health; Mark 2:1-12; Sin; Prophets
Abstract
This essay discusses the relationship between forgiveness and healing in the context of Mark 2:1–12, and draws lessons for contemporary healing ministry in Ghana. Mark 2:1–12 has been interpreted by some scholars and Christian leaders to mean that they have authority to forgive sins, leading to healing…

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Evangelicals and Social Justice: Towards an Alternative Evangelical Community

Godfrey Harold

Graduated with Hons in Theology , Hons. in Communication Science and Masters in Biblical Studies {New Testament} (University of Zululand), Master in Religious Education and Doctor of Theology, (Trinity Graduate School of Apologetic and Theology) and Doctor in Philosophy {Systematic Theology} (University of Western Cape). Presently, I am completing my third PhD in Practical Theology (UNISA). He is a Senior Lecturer at Cape Town Baptist Seminary and Research Associate at the University of Pretoria. In 2012, I was appointed adjunct faculty at B.H. Carol Theological Institute (USA) to supervise PhD students . In 2014, he was awarded the rank of Professor of Theology at BHCTI.

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Harold G 2018. Evangelicals and Social Justice: Towards an Alternative Evangelical Community. Conspectus 25:21-37
Keywords
Alternative Community; Evangelicals; Reconciliatory; Compassion Love
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The God of the Bible is unquestionably a God of justice and compassion. Christians have differences as to how human government and the church should bring about a just social order. Evangelicalism, amongst the many religious voices in South Africa, advocate separation between Church and State. Many…

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Hearing God’s Voice: Evaluating Some Popular Teachings on the Subject

Callie Joubert and Nick Maartens

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

Nick Maartens: BA Hons (Theology) (ICI); (Belguim); BA (Letters) and HED from University of Pretoria. Nick is a retired Pastor and school Head Master

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Joubert C and Maartens N 2018. Hearing God’s Voice: Evaluating Some Popular Teachings on the Subject. Conspectus 25:38-55
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Divine Guidance; God’s Voice; Prophecy; Hearing God
Abstract
Hearing the voice of God is for many Christians part of their everyday life and undoubtedly biblical. But what exactly do they mean by ‘hearing God’s voice’ and how do they distinguish between God’s voice, their own thoughts or feelings and other voices? To assess whether certain ways in which some claim to be ‘hearing God’s voice’ are scriptural…

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The Supreme Importance of Promoting Equity, Kindness, and Humility: A Descriptive and Comparative Analysis of Micah 6:1–16 and 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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.

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Lioy D 2018. The Supreme Importance of Promoting Equity, Kindness, and Humility: A Descriptive and Comparative Analysis of Micah 6:1–16 and 1 Corinthians 13:1–13. Conspectus 25:56-91
Keywords
Christlike Love; Equity; Kindness; Humility; Intertextuality
Abstract
This journal article undertakes a descriptive and comparative analysis of Micah 6:1–16 and 1 Corinthians 13:1–13. One incentive for doing so is that both passages clarify in an expansive manner the Lord’s command in Leviticus 19:18 for his children to show godly compassion…

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Batanayi I. Manyika and Kevin G. Smith

Batanayi I. Manyika: MPhil (Bible Interpretation), University of Stellenbosch. Batanayi is an Academic at the South African Theological Seminary, currently working on a PhD in New Testament, with focus on Paul’s letter to Philemon. Kevin G. Smith: D.Litt, University of Stellenbosch; PhD, SATS. Kevin is the Principal at the South African Theological Seminary.

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Manyika B and Smith K 2018. Eschatology in Philemon: An Analysis of ‘ἅμα δὲ καὶ ἑτοίμαζέ μοι ξενίαν’ for a Southern African Context. Conspectus 25:92-105
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Hospitality; Social-scientific Criticism; Masters and Slaves; Patronage and Clientism
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First-century hospitality customs can provide a window through which ancient social identity is observed. When these symbols are analysed against the backdrop of implied eschatology in Philemon, there emerges a composite picture that interweaves theological discourse with first-century cultural norms. Using social-scientific criticism…

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A Biblical, Psychological and Moral Analysis of the Rape of Tamar in 2 Samuel 13: A Pastoral Response

Noel Woodbridge and Callie Joubert

Noel Woodbridge: D.Ed, UNISA; D.Th, UNIZUL. Noel has published numerous journal articles in the fields of Education and Practical Theology, and has presented several papers.

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

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Woodbridge N and Joubert C 2018. A Biblical, Psychological and Moral Analysis of the Rape of Tamar in 2 Samuel 13: A Pastoral Response. Conspectus 25:106-123
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Lust; Pastoral Theology; Rape; Sexual Abuse; Tamar
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Violence in any form, including rape, has a corrosive effect on the psychological, moral, spiritual and social lives of people. The high incidence of rape in South Africa has led to its being dubbed the ‘Rape Capital’ of the world, and violence against women has become the new ‘normal’. To help understand, explain and prevent this phenomenon, this paper presents a biblical analysis…

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A Comparative Book Review of Fleming Rutledge's, The Crucifixion and N.T. Wright's, The Day the Revolution Began

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.

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Falconer R 2018. A Comparative Book Review of Fleming Rutledge’s, The Crucifixion and N.T. Wright’s, The Day the Revolution Began. Conspectus 25:124-135
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Fleming Rutledge is an Episcopal priest, being one of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church in 1977, and is recognized in North America and Britain as a preacher, lecturer, and teacher of other preachers. She attended the General Theological Seminary and received her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary…

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Since Conspectus is a scholarly publication that is evangelical in its theological orientation (i.e. predominately classical and historically orthodox in its interpretive approach), submissions entirely void of a theological component (i.e. engagement with the Old Testament and New Testament scriptures), along with submissions that deny, either directly or indirectly, the key tenets put forward in the SATS statement of faith, will not be considered for publication. It is in the discretion of the editorial board to make the decision, and their decision is final.
Conspectus is a refereed evangelical theological e-journal published biannually by the South African Theological Seminary (www.sats.edu.za). The journal is a publication for scholarly articles in any of the major theological disciplines. The ISSN number is ISSN 1996-8167.

The purpose of Conspectus is to provide a forum for scholarly, Bible-based, theological research and debate. The journal is committed to operate within an evangelical framework, namely, one that is predominately classical and historically orthodox in its interpretive approach, and that affirms the inspiration and authority of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. The journal seeks to publish well-researched essays and reviews on a broad range of suitable biblical and theological topics that are as clear and accessible as possible for the benefit of both specialist and non-specialist readers.

Conspectus aims to combine sound scholarship with a practical and readable approach. Submissions must present the results of sound research into a biblical, theological, or practical problem in a way that it would be valuable to scholars, pastors, students, missionaries, or other Christian workers.

Conspectus publishes three kinds of theological research:

Scholarly essays of 3000–10000 words on biblical, theological, or ministerial topics, and should demonstrate mastery of the current scholarship on the topic.

Book reviews of 1000–5000 words reviewing publications in fields of interest to Conspectus. We favour detailed reviews that can offer students and pastors insight into the content, strengths, and limitations of the book.

Project reports of 1000–4000 words reflecting the findings of theological research projects, including theses and dissertations.

In doctrine, the South African Theological Seminary is broadly evangelical. We believe in the inspiration of Scripture, the doctrine the Trinity, the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the sinfulness of man, the need for salvation through the atoning death of Jesus Christ, the ministry of the Holy Spirit in and through believers, and the centrality of the local church to the mission of God. SATS stands on the triune doctrinal foundation—Bible-based, Christ-centred, and Spirit-led. Conspectus reinforces these three core theological tenets by means of scholarly research that deliberates their meaning and application for the modern church.