Editorial -- By: Douglas Moo

Journal: Trinity Journal
Volume: TRINJ 12:2 (Fall 1991)
Article: Editorial
Author: Douglas Moo


Douglas Moo

The five articles in this fascicle cover a broad range of theological and pastoral topics. The first is an important philisophical critique of one of the fastest growing cults in the United States: Mormonism. Francis Beckwith, of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and Stephen Parrish, of Wayne State University, show that the Mormon conception of god is inherently contradictory. They thereby provide us with strong apologetic ammunition in our debates with Mormons.

Our second article comes from a respected and long-time faculty member at Trinity, Gleason Archer. Archer draws some controversial conclusions in his summary of years of research on the perplexing problem of the relationship between the Massoretic and Septuagint texts of Jeremiah. Don Garlington, no stranger to the readers of the Journal (see “Romans 7:14–25 and the Creation Theology of Paul” in Vol. 11, pp. 197–235), contributes our third article, an exegetically sound and pastorally sensitive investigation of Paul’s exhortation to “restore the offender” in Galatians 6:1. David deSilva, a doctoral student at Emory University, offers a stimulating approach to one of the most misunderstood books in the Bible: John’s Apocalypse. He suggests that John’s warning about the beast has relevance not just for the end of history but for the church in the world in every age. Few scholars have spent more time studying the far-ranging topic of Paul and the law than Bethel Seminary’s Tom Schreiner. In the final article in this fascicle, he assesses several approaches to a much debated text, Romans 9:30–10:3, and argues for an exegesis that challenges some popular recent interpretations.

Following our usual selection of Book Reviews

over the last couple of years. We hope to include such a section in each fascicle, with each department in the Divinity School contributing such a selection once each year. Readers can, then, look forward to a series of book descriptions from the areas of Systematic theology, Christian education, Missions and Evangelism, and Pastoral Counseling in the next fascicle. In addition, we will be offering articles on the place of wisdom in Old Testament theology and on the controversial evangelist and theologian, Charles Finney.

Finally, we again with this fascicle bid farewell to another long-serving editorial board member. Scot McKnight departs after years of service both on the board and—earlier—as book review editor.

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