From The Editor -- By: Robert W. Yarbrough

Journal: Trinity Journal
Volume: TRINJ 29:1 (Spring 2008)
Article: From The Editor
Author: Robert W. Yarbrough

From The Editor

Robert W. Yarbrough

I begin by saying good-bye and thank you to Stacey Douglas, one of our long-term editorial board members. He lent expert assistance to many aspects of the production of Trinity Journal over the years. We wish him well in his new responsibilities as manager of the bookstore at Colorado State University in Pueblo.

A new feature of this issue is “Recent Ph.D. Dissertations at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.” Starting now, we plan to publish the abstract of each doctoral dissertation completed at TEDS in a theological or biblical studies domain. As a learning community, we thrive on the fresh insights and knowledge generated by our doctoral students. It makes sense for us to keep the Trinity Journal readership apprised of this important, illuminating, and encouraging labor that is so much a part of our institutional environment and commitment.

The articles in this issue are highly varied. David Jackman speaks to the preacher in many of us. He exhorts us to give full attention to the dual task of being true to the Word and compelling to the listener. Jackman graced the TEDS community with his wisdom in the fall 2007 Rom Lectures. We are delighted to make his remarks accessible to a larger audience here. Part two will follow in the fall 2008 issue.

E. Randolph Richards lays out a fresh case for what many think is a settled question: Did Jesus cleanse the Temple early in his ministry (John’s Gospel), late in his ministry (the Synoptics), or both? Scholars who accept the historicity of some such incident in Jesus’ life tend to think he performed this act but once, late in his earthly life; John’s Gospel moves it forward in the life of Jesus for theological purposes. Richards makes a case for the plausibility both of the Johannine and Synoptic incidents. Here is a good example of the new knowledge that can emerge from the application of new scholarly methods, in this case social-scientific study.

Stewart Kelly, Nathan Clayton, and André Gazal perform the valuable service of distilling reliable voices from the chaotic buzz of discussion in various areas of research. Kelly comments on the never-ending debates over the sources and plausibility of our knowledge of Jesus. Clayton hallows the memory of an unsung hero in the field of NT theology: Joseph Bonsirven. This French scholar also did much to recognize the importance of Second Temple data for a proper understanding of NT history and writings. In this he was highly progressive, given that the Dead Sea Scrolls were not discovered until near the end of his life. Gazal clarifies the key role that a high view of Scripture played in English Protestantism’s re-esta...

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