European Journal of Theology Articles 1992-2011 available

European Journal of TheologyThe European Journal of Theology is a tri-lingual theological journal. For those not familiar with it there is a short video introduction below. To subscribe, please visit the publisher’s website.

I have just uploaded most of the 2011 articles by permission of the editor and the authors. Below is the table of contents for 2011. Please visit the full table of contents pages to download the articles.

20.1 (2011)

Pieter Lalleman, “Editorial,” p.3.

I. Howard Marshall, “Evangelical New Testament Interpretation within the contemporary scene,” pp.4-14.

Christoph Stenschke, “Judaea in the First Century AD. A Review of recent scholarly contributions and their implications,” pp.15-28.

W. Creighton Marlowe, “The Sin of Shinar (Genesis 11:4),” pp.29-39.

Ed Mackenzie, “The Quest for the political Paul: assessing the apostle’s approach to Empire.”  pp.40-50.

John E. Colwell, “Theology, Piety and prayer: on the study of theology,”  pp.51-59.

Patrick Nullens, “Dietrich Bonhoeffer: a third way of Christian social engagement,” European Journal of Theology 20.1 (2011): 60-69.

“Book Reviews,” pp.70-96.

20.2  (2011)

Pieter Lalleman, “Editorial,” p.99.

Krish Kandiah, “Authentic Evangelism? Revelation, truth and worship in late modern, pluralistic Europe,” pp.100-110.

Johannes Reimer, “European Christian Renaissance and Public Theology,” pp.111-118.

Stefan Paas, “Prepared for a missionary ministry in 21st century Europe,” pp.119-130.

Elizabeth Pinder-Ashenden, “How Jewish thinkers come to terms with the Holocaust and why it matters for this generation: a selected survey and comment,” pp.131-138.

Svetlaba Knobnya, “God the Father in the Old Testament,” pp.139-148.

Stephen M. Garrett, “Beauty as the Point of Connection Between Theology and Ethics,” pp.149-158.

“Book Reviews,” pp.159-187.

Introducing the European Journal of Theology

Evangelical Quarterly Journal Articles 1929-2011 Available

Thanks to the kind permissions of hundreds of its authors BiblicalStudies.org.uk serves as the official archive of the theological journal Evangelical Quarterly.  I am pleased to announce that many of the articles from the four 2011 issues are now available for free download.

Evangelical QuarterlyThanks to the authors and to the publisher for making the pdfs of these articles available in this way. More articles will appear as permissions are received from the copyright holders.

Click here to visit the table of contents and download the 2011 issues

Theology on the Web hosts material from around 90 theological journals. See the full list here.

New Book on Revelation by Dr Pieter Lalleman

Dr Pieter LallemanDr Pieter Lalleman, Tutor in Biblical Studies at Spurgeons College in London, has written 10 studies on Book of the Revelation. Pieter writes:

The Book of Revelation is not as inscrutable as many think.  I have written a series of ten studies on the more accessible parts of Revelation, with special attention to the connections of these passages with the Old Testament.

The Lion and the Lamb by Pieter LallemanI do address the question of the situation of the first readers, but my book has no scholarly pretensions.  It is meant for use in church groups, although it will of course also benefit individual readers.  It contains questions for reflection and discussion which help to see how relevant John’s message – which is Jesus’s message – is for today’s church.  Whatever the Book may say about the future, it has enormous relevance for us!  More details and the option to order a copy here.

The publishers description reads:

The book of Revelation is first and foremost a letter addressed to seven churches in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). Like any normal letter the book contains references to the situation of the readers. As later readers we look over the shoulders of the original readers into a correspondence which initially was not directed to us.

Yet Revelation is also a prophetic book. John himself makes this claim in 1:3 and 22:7, 10, 18 and 19; in 10:11 his work is called prophesying. But what is prophecy in the Bible? People such as Elijah, Isaiah and Jeremiah were messengers of God who spoke his word to their contemporaries. God gave them spiritual insight into their time so that they could shine God’s light on it. They knew God’s precepts and applied these to the situation. Prophets warned people if they were not living as God wanted, but on the other hand they encouraged positive developments. Prophets pointed people to the consequences of their behaviour and in that context they also spoke about the future.

Jewish and Christian prophecy is thus not primarily a form of prediction of the future. It was first and foremost relevant for those who were being addressed; it confronted them with God’s opinion of their situation, with his hopes, his promises, and sometimes also with his judgement in case they would not listen. But when they repented, God adapted his plans, as we see in the book of Jonah. We will approach Revelation in the same way in which we handle all prophecy: by asking what kind of situation is in view and what was expected of the first hearers. Subsequently we will raise the question how this might be relevant to us in the twenty-first century.

Revelation is a letter and a prophecy, but it is also an apocalyptic book. The Greek word for ‘revelation’ in 1:1 is ‘apocalypse’. We often use this word in such expressions as ‘an apocalyptic event’, but we must be careful that our modern language does not hinder our understanding of the Bible. Apocalyptic texts are books which claim to contain revelations about the heavenly world and/or about the future, but not necessarily about disasters. And they challenge us to check our behaviour.

The studies in this book discuss the more readily accessible parts of Revelation, with special attention to the connections of these passages with the Old Testament.

Dr Lalleman is available for interviews about his book and can be contacted via Spurgeon’s College.