Introduction to the Current Issue -- By: Owen H. Alderfer

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 03:0 (NA 1970)
Article: Introduction to the Current Issue
Author: Owen H. Alderfer


Introduction to the Current Issue

Owen H. Alderfer

The present issue of the Ashland Theological Bulletin is built upon the idea of Biblical centrality which is a basic concern of Ashland Theological Seminary. The approach to the subject, in this issue, is practical rather than theoretical; that is, the writers take their inspiration and basis from the Scriptures and develop their ideas accordingly. They are working with the Bible rather than writing about it.

Dr. Stark wrestles with the crucial issue of the role and significance of the Bible in seminary studies, presenting the view that the Scriptures must be the hub around which any adequate curriculum can be built. The Bulletin invites response from educators and clergy to the ideas presented by this statement.

In the second article the writer examines the Babel narrative from the Old Testament and applies the insights of the science of linguistics to his exposition with interesting insights for the origin of languages. The next article examines a New Testament passage exegetically and gives light on a difficult saying of Jesus.

The final article, “Christian Comprehensiveness,” is an example of Biblical preaching from the Epistle .to the Hebrews as presented in the seminary chapel by Dr. Heisey, Associate Professor of Speech and Homiletics.

A news note describing the Baxter Collection of library works from Scotland is included. Miss Agnes Ballantyne, Library Cataloguer, Retired, writes of the distinguished scholar, James Houston Baxter and his notable private library, a part of which has come to the A. T. S. Library.

Contributors To This Issue

Louis F. GOUGH is Professor of New Testament at A. T. S.

JERRY A. GRIEVE is a 1969 alumnus of A. T. S. completing work for a Master of Arts degree in linguistics at Michigan State University.

D. RAY HEISEY, a member of the Adjunct Faculty of A. T. S., is Associate Professor of Speech and Homiletics. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Speech at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

BRUCE C. STARK is Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at A. T. S.


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