Editorial Preface -- By: David W. Baker
This volume of the Journal reflects several events which happened at Ashland Theological Seminary and in the wider Ashland community during the past year. In February, 2011, the Religion Department at Ashland University held a symposium entitled “Responding to the Powers” organized by Dr. Craig Hovey. We are pleased to be able to present here three of the presentations from that symposium, looking at how several leading theologians have interpreted the issue of the “powers”. During the course of 2011, the Seminary has been host to numerous events and exhibitions celebrating the four hundredth anniversary of the publication of the Authorized Version (King James Version). Dr. Dale Stoffer made a presentation at a faculty colloquium reminding hearers that the first two American Bible versions were, in fact, not in English. His research is presented here.
In October, 2010, ATS held its Fall Lecture series entitled “Breaking Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Called to Preach and to Lead.” A plenary speaker was Dr. Mimi Hadad, president of Christians for Biblical Equality, an organization of which ATS is an institutional member. We include here a paper which she read on another occasion which also reflects the seminary’s commitment to prepare people to fulfill their call for ministry no matter their race, gender, or ethnicity.
Another symposium revolves around the recent publication of an important book on Old Testament prophecy by Dr. Sam Meier, an ATS adjunct professor. Since aspects of his work are controversial, several reviewers from different theological perspectives were asked to contribute, with a response from the author.
Two final articles come from ATS alumna. One concerns an issue which, unfortunately, is an all too real problem both inside and outside the church: pornography and the internet. The other reviews one aspect of the making of many books, in particular the large number of Hebrew grammars which have appeared over the past few years. Numerous additional reviews conclude the volume. I hope that among this range of material everyone might find things which encourage, stimulate, enlighten, and provoke.
September 2, 2011
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