Editorial -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 42:1 (Mar 1999)
Article: Editorial
Author: Anonymous


The present issue marks the passing of the baton from Ronald Youngblood, JETS editor for the last twenty-three years, to myself. I consider it a distinct honor to serve our Lord and you, members and friends of ETS, as the editor of our journal. Let me take a moment to bring you up to date on some recent developments.

First, last year's presidential address (which, according to established practice, is featured as the lead article in the present issue) stirred up a considerable amount of controversy. For clarification purposes, it should be noted that ETS has no policy on the orthodoxy of certain positions on Gospel criticism or theories of Synoptic interrelationships and that members in good standing hold to a variety of views. Also, in the spirit of scholarly dialogue that has characterized our journal from its inception, the June issue will include an essay by Grant Osborne which will take up several of the issues raised in Prof. Geisler's presidential address.

Second, as many of you are no doubt aware, there is currently a substantial backlog of book reviews. I am grateful for the executive committee's decision to increase the number of pages (effective with the present issue) in order to reduce this backlog as soon as possible. It is my hope that by shortening the interval between a book's publication and the appearance of the review in JETS, those of you who work hard at producing thoughtful reviews will be rewarded with greater impact and relevance of these reviews. Speaking of reviews, may I draw your attention to a new feature, the index of book reviews found at the back of this issue.

Third, the resignation of the book review editor for theology, Michael Bauman, has created an opening for a new person to step into this role. This is a very significant opportunity for ministry and influence, and it is our prayer that God will lead the ETS executive committee in the search for a replacement presently underway.

Fourth, in keeping with common practice among scholarly journals, I have in recent weeks formed a board of referees (listed on the last page of this issue). These scholars have kindly agreed to help evaluate the ever-increasing number of articles submitted to JETS. The need for such diversification is particularly acute since, unlike many other specialized journals, JETS publishes articles in a wide variety of theological disciplines. For refereeing purposes, may I ask prospective contributors from now on to submit three copies of their essay.

Fifth, our webmaster is at the moment working on several initiatives centering on the new technological possibilities presented by the internet. This includes maintenance and improvement of our website (http://etsjets.org), putting JETS back issues on CD, and installing an on-line subscription area. I believe that the coming y...

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