Review Article: A Short Survey Of Dutch ‘Evangelical’ New Testament Scholarship In The Past 25 Years -- By: Franklin S. Jabini

Journal: Conspectus
Volume: CONSPECTUS 05:1 (Mar 2008)
Article: Review Article: A Short Survey Of Dutch ‘Evangelical’ New Testament Scholarship In The Past 25 Years
Author: Franklin S. Jabini


Review Article:
A Short Survey Of Dutch ‘Evangelical’ New Testament Scholarship In The Past 25 Years1

Franklin S. Jabini2

1. Introduction

The term ‘evangelical’ in a Dutch context needs an explanation. In the Netherlands, this term is used broadly for Christians of different denominational backgrounds, such as Reformed, Pentecostal, Baptist and Brethren. Evangelical in this context is ‘conservative’, or as some prefer ‘faithful to Scripture’.3 In the Dutch evangelical world, scholars from a Reformed background have been the leaders in the area of theological

scholarship, such as systematic theology,4 biblical studies,5 Ethics6 and missions.7 Evangelical scholarship in the Netherlands has made extensive use of the fruits of conservative Reformed scholars.8 Prior to the 1980’s, Dutch evangelical scholarship was dominated by Reformed scholarship.

In the 1980’s, Evangelicals of other Christian traditions and Reformed scholars jointly produced a series of books in the field of Bible and exegesis.9 The goal of these monographs was to present an approach to the authority of scripture and exegetical issues in selected books of the Old and New

Testament that was consistent with Evangelical scholarship.10 The volumes present alternative interpretation to various New Testament issues, such as the Synoptic Problem.11 These volumes have been used extensively by Evangelicals, who were battling with their own theological identity. The monographs answered some of the challenging questions and created a climate for various new initiatives in Biblical and Theological studies.12 Some Evangelical publishers joined in distributing books under the umbrella called: Telos books, while others translated books into English.13 Reformed and ‘Evangelicals’, joined together as the Center for Evangelical and Reformation Theology, linked with the Vrije U...

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