Paradosis Vol. 1 (2014)

MST’s journal is entitled PARADOSIS, a Greek word meaning ‘tradition’. PARADOSIS is chosen as the title of the journal because it expresses the sense that the theological enterprise is a continuous ministry, the ongoing ‘traditioning’ responsibility of the Christian church to carry forward the deposit of faith from the past, while rearticulating it in dialogue with the contexts, mindsets and issues of current culture. PARADOSIS will showcase articles in biblical studies and theology.

Editorial

Dr Greg Forbes

This inaugural issue of Paradosis contains several articles, all dealing in various ways with applied hermeneutics.

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Articles

Dr Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown laments the lack of attention given in modern day exegesis to the history of interpretation of a given text. Such a neglect of “reception history,” he points out, is often the product ofan evolutionary approach to biblical studies whereby the “newer’ isvirtually synonymous with the “better” and the “older” with the “inferior.” But we are part of an interpretive community with a long and rich history, and we neglect the labours of those who have gone before us to our own detriment.

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Dr Colin Kruse

In a paper written from the perspective of one who has spent the major portion of his academic life devoted to the study of Paul and Pauline literature, Colin Kruse presents a helpful synthesis of Paul’s teaching on the relationship of the Mosaic Law and the reception of the Spirit. In so doing he employs the reformation ideal of scriptural interpretation whereby “scripture interprets scripture.” Kruse insists that passages in Romans, Galatians and 2 Corinthians are mutually illuminating and together supply a view of the Law and the Spirit that are at the same time both complex yet consistent.

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Dr Kevin Giles

The essay by Kevin Giles is a veteran’s reflection upon his voyage of discovery regarding the place of the Bible in theological interpretation. Or, to put the matter differently, he provides an assessment of what a “theological interpretation of Scripture” entails. Giles does not so much engage in an interaction with current scholarship on the issue, but examines the processes employed by two of the outstanding post-Nicene fathers, Athanasius and Augustine. Giles concludes that the theological interpretation of Scripture involves an approach to the Bible that takes proper account of its unity in diversity, duly recognises the history of interpretation, and is aware of both the role and limitations of analogy and metaphor.

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Dr David Pao

In a thought-provoking study on the Matthean exemption clause (Matt 19:1-12), David Pao contends that the passage should be understood against a covenantal framework of fidelity and apostasy. Taking its cue from the surrounding literary context, together with echoes of several OT prophetic traditions, the exemption clause functions as a call for the unfaithful of Israel to repent, particularly with respect to their non-acceptance of Jesus as Messiah.

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Dr Murray Hogg

Murray Hogg examines Basil of Caesarea’s (ca. 329-379CE) De Spiritu Sancto (374CE) in order to ascertain Basil’s understanding of epistemology or, more narrowly, his understanding of what is involved in the Christian’s knowledge of God. He suggests that Basil’s epistemology is non-reductionist, holistic, and coherent in nature. The study concludes with some consideration of the important consequences which follow from its findings.

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Gillian Asquith

Gillian Asquith presents an informative analysis of the divine conjugal metaphor in both the Old and New Testaments. She shows how the OT employment of the metaphor is used predominately in the context of Israel’s covenant infidelity and God’s covenant faithfulness and grace. This provides the background for the NT usage of the metaphor, where Christ is presented as bridegroom or husband of the church.

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