Introduction To The Current Issue -- By: Owen H. Alderfer

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 006:1 (NA 1973)
Article: Introduction To The Current Issue
Author: Owen H. Alderfer

Introduction To The Current Issue

Owen H. Alderfer

The three articles in the current issue of Ashland Theological Bulletin focus on various aspects of New Testament study and New Testament times.

The first article introduces the reader to Walter Bauer, the late German scholar by whose prodigious labors we have what is short-handedly known as the Arndt and Gingrich Greek Lexicon. Dr. Flora’s account helps place some matters in perspective relative to this monumental work and raises one’s appreciation for Walter Bauer close to the level of awe.

The last article considers the nature of epistolary material in the New Testament era, compares N.T. epistolary literature to contemporary forms, and classifies the epistolary literature of the New Testament in light of the findings.

Bruce Manning Metzger, a name no doubt familiar to most Bulletin readers, is guest writer in this issue. His article is transcribed from one of four lectures in the Fall Lectures at A.T.S. titled “The Development of the Ministry and the Role of the Laity in the Early Church.” Dr. Metzger describes the shape of leadership in the earliest years of the Christian church and traces the process of change that took place in the church leading to later patterns of leadership.

Contributors To This Issue

JERRY R. FLORA is Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at A.T.S.

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

BRUCE MANNING METZGER is George L. Collard Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey. Professor Metzger has completed advanced degrees at Princeton Theological Seminary and Princeton University, has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and Resident Scholar at Tyndale House, Cambridge. He holds honorary degrees from numbers of institutions here and abroad.

Dr. Metzger is the author of numerous scholarly books including Index to Periodical Literature on the Apostle Paul, Introduction to the Apocrypha, and A Textual Commentary in the Greek New Testament; he has published scores of scholarly articles in professional journals; and he serves and has served as editor and on a number of editorial boards and boards of directors for scholarly publications and organizations and service institutions.

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