Editorial -- By: Douglas Moo

Journal: Trinity Journal
Volume: TRINJ 10:1 (Spring 1989)
Article: Editorial
Author: Douglas Moo


Douglas Moo

Growth in the knowledge of God demands that we be willing to re-think old, and sometimes cherished, opinions. The articles in this fascicle, though spread over several areas of theological study, share an interest in stimulating re-examination of certain doctrines, interpretations, and approaches.

Mark Karlberg has written widely in the area of postReformation hermeneutics and, especially, on the knotty problem of continuity between the testaments. His survey of the Puritan teaching on the law and its role in the Christian life helps us to appreciate better a significant source of current evangelical thinking on this matter. Debates between Calvinists and Arminians have been going on for centuries; and they are not likely to end soon. But it sometimes helps to look at old problems from new angles or from different perspectives. Anne Mcllhaney, who is a student at Trinity, encourages us to do just that by presenting this old theological debate in a fresh format. A more recent debate focuses on exegetical, and especially theological, method. What are the right approaches that enable us to get the right theology out of the Scriptures, and especially the narrative parts of the Scriptures? John Sailhamer, of Trinity’s faculty, has specialized in this subject, mapping out some new territory along the way. His article, in addition to its rich use of older, and often neglected, scholarship, gives us a sample of the application of some of these new approaches to an old crux in interpretation.

Three articles focus on NT studies. Bruce Fisk, a former Trinity student who is now teaching at Briercrest College in Saskatchewan, carefully critiques a new interpretation of Paul’s discussion of ,’meat sacrificed to idols” in 1 Corinthians 8–10. John 1 is famous for its high christology. But J. Daryl Charles, a doctoral candidate at

Westminster Seminary, brings to our attention another important theme in the chapter. Our last contribution re-opens the issue of the meaning of the Greek word κεφαλή, “head,” a matter of considerable debate currently by virtue of Paul’s claim that the man is the “head” of the woman (I Cor 11:3). Richard Cervin, a candidate for the Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Illinois, subjects the arguments of Grudem to critical scrutiny.

We hope that each of these articles stimulates your thinking and contributes to a better understanding of our great God, and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.


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