Editorial Preface -- By: David W. Baker
Another academic year has well-begun at Ashland Theological Seminary, and with it comes another issue of the Journal. It is unique in recent history in that, with the exception of one book review, all the material in it comes from the hand of ATS students, faculty, staff and alumni. It exemplifies the breadth of interest which is Ashland. It also leans more toward studies of the Old Testament than in the past, which is not a bad thing, but we do solicit interest from you, our readers in other disciplines to consider us as an outlet for the fruit of your academic labors.
Three Old Testament-related articles open this volume, looking at aspects of the Pentateuch, the Former Prophets, and the Writings. The vital intersection between devotion and the academic study of Scripture is followed by a study of Word and Spirit in discerning truth in the Anabaptist section of the Church. Two further works explore different ecclesiastic traditions, that of Wesley as it regards the Church, and that of Latino Pentecostalism as it reflects on liberation. Before a series of briefer reviews appears an analysis and critique of three recent works which grapple with the vexing issue of evil and violence in a world said to be controlled by God.
I thank each contributor for their diligence in research and writing, and also for their willingness to share the results of their labors with the wider community. I trust that these pages will contain within them material to inform, inspire, and challenge each reader.
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