Editorial -- By: Douglas Moo
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Some of you may glance at the title of our first article and be tempted to exclaim, “Oh, no! Not κεφαλή again!” Yet we have two excellent reasons for publishing this piece. First, the meaning of κεφαλή, “head,” is crucial to the continuing debate about the role of Christian women in the modern home and church. We do not agree with those who dismiss technical discussions of Greek words such as this as peripheral to the contemporary issue. Rather, it is just through the careful study of the meaning of crucial terms in the Scriptures that every Christian should seek to reach his or her own conclusion on the matter. Our second reason for publishing the piece is its excellence. Whether or not one agrees with Dr. Grudem’s conclusions, the care with which he has stated his case cannot be denied.
Dr. Grudem is joined by two other Trinity “colleagues” as contributors to this fascicle. A. F. den Exter Blokland, a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and doctoral candidate in OT studies, has put together some practical guidelines for the application of current studies on clause analysis in Hebrew grammar. Though he relates this specifically to the use of computer studies in Hebrew grammar, the treatment of working with syntax at this higher level of grammar (and in English) is invaluable regardless of whether or not one uses the computerized element. We recognize that this article will not be of interest to all our readers, but we know it will prove helpful to a significant number of you who have been exposed to Dr. Sailhamer’s methodology while at Trinity.
Our final piece is a contribution to the study of Christian confessions. Theological affirmations and denials must always be understood against the times that produced them. Dr. Martin Klauber, who teaches part-time at Trinity College, delineates the con-
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troversy that led up to the important statement of reformed belief, the Helvetic Formula Consensus.
Planning is now underway for one or more fascicles that will treat the issue of divorce and remarriage. We hope to offer articles on the history of the church’s teaching, the theology of marriage, crucial biblical texts, and pastoral counseling. It is our desire that Trinity Journal will thus continue to apply the best in scholarship to the needs of the contemporary church.
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