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Volume 4 Issue 1

Editor's Preface

Last year, on January 1, 2000, people around the world welcomed in the new millennium. Newspaper and magazine features and television documentaries looked back at the achievements of the 20th century in various areas, from the top 100 movies to the top 100 sports figures. People prepared for the looming catastrophe surrounding the Y2K computer glitch by stocking up on supplies, some even moving away from the city, and by cancelling airline flights scheduled for January 1. We gave 2000 all this attention even though we were told over and over that since there is no year zero between the BC and AD separation of the calendar, the 21st century really wouldn't begin until January, 2001. Thus, in our efforts to celebrate the actual entrance of humanity into the 21st century on January 1, 2001, SCJ presents our millennial issue.

The first two articles are the primary focus of the millennial perspective of this issue of SCJ. The first article, by Robert Wetzell, President of Emmanuel School of Religion, presents his keen insights on the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ (independent) and where this affiliation of churches represented by SCJ has come at the dawn of a new millennium. His focus is on how well they faired among themselves in showing the unity they espouse and looks to areas of theological unity as the key to current and future success.

Our second article comes from Keith Schoville, Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Semitic Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison. Dr Schoville, one of the finest archaeologists in the Stone-Campbell Movement, ranks the top ten archaeological finds of the twentieth century which relate to the biblical world. In this fascinating and informative article, he carefully describes the discovery of each artifact and then explains its significance to the Bible.

In the third article, the millennial focus is left behind to feature documentation and analysis of John Wesley's unsuccessful missionary trip to Georgia from Jody Owens, Adjunct Professor of History, Johnson Bible College.

In the fourth article, I. Howard Marshall, Professor of New Testament, University of Aberdeen, does a thorough job of exploring what it means to be made in the image of God and draws out practical, relevant implications. Marshall delivered this paper at Lincoln Christian College last spring, when he toured the U.S, speaking also at Cincinnati Bible Seminary, Saint Louis Christian College, Denver Seminary, Covenant Theological Seminary, and the Midwest Evangelical Theological Society Meeting.

The last two articles in this issue come from people who have published previous articles in the SCJ. Carl Bridges, Professor of New Testament, Johnson Bible College, who placed an article in the very first issue of SCJ (Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring, 1998) teams in this issue with Ronald Wheeler, Professor of English and Literature, Johnson Bible College, to explore the meaning of “the evil eye” by employing a variety of methodological approaches, including historical-critical, socialscientific, and literary. This article compliments one by David Fiensy, “The Importance of New Testament Background Studies in Biblical Research: The ‘Evil Eye’ in Luke 11:34 as a Case Study,” which appeard in the Spring, 1999, issue of SCJ. John T. Willis, Professor of Bible, Abilene Christian University, who placed an article in the Fall, 1998, issue of SCJ, once again provides a thorough lexical study of an important OT phrase, this time “lifting up holy hands.”

In the way of business, I am thrilled to report that out of 330 people who needed to renew their subscription for SCJ with the Fall, 2000, issue, only 7 declined, with the second notice for about 60 still in the mail. If you haven’t noticed it before, a notice for renewal comes with your last issue. If you fail to return this within a month, we will follow up with a phone call, followed by a second mailing if we can’t reach you or haven’t heard back from you. If we phone you, we will always offer the opportunity for you to choose automatic renewal to save you and us hassle at the next renewal period.

William R. Baker, Editor

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Emmanuel School of Religion

Abstract

In November 1999 the group known as the Stone-Campbell Dialogue met in Indianapolis. People from the Disciples of Christ, the Churches of Christ (a cappella), and the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ were invited to present papers delineating the basic theological positions of their respective groups. This paper attempts to move past the more negative approach to defining the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ to describe what lies at the theological center of this representative of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Abstract

Ten major archaeological discoveries of the past century that are significant for understanding the world of the Bible are identified. For each find, a narrative of its discovery and the crucial information it unlocks is relayed, plus its connection to key biblical events or references. These ten discoveries illustrate the point that new facts about the Bible, its world and personalities, come through diligence in archaeological research.

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Johnson Bible College

Abstract

Ten major archaeological discoveries of the past century that are significant for understanding the world of the Bible are identified. For each find, a narrative of its discovery and the crucial information it unlocks is relayed, plus its connection to key biblical events or references. These ten discoveries illustrate the point that new facts about the Bible, its world and personalities, come through diligence in archaeological research.

University of Aberdeen

Abstract

The article explores the concept of the image of God in human beings in the light of the evidence in the OT and also in the NT where believers are conformed to the image of Christ and draws out the implications for what it means to be truly human.

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Johnson Bible College

Abstract

Jesus’ reference to the “evil eye” in the Sermon on the Mount has proved difficult for generations of commentators. Recent efforts, including social-scientific approaches, have advanced our understanding of the passage. This article includes a review of what the various approaches have done with the passage, and an attempt to advance the discussion through a literary-critical approach. The literary approach should complement the previous approaches and enhance understanding of the saying.

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Abilene Christian University

Abstract

Jesus’ reference to the “evil eye” in the Sermon on the Mount has proved difficult for generations of commentators. Recent efforts, including social-scientific approaches, have advanced our understanding of the passage. This article includes a review of what the various approaches have done with the passage, and an attempt to advance the discussion through a literary-critical approach. The literary approach should complement the previous approaches and enhance understanding of the saying.

Download book reviews for this issue.

George GALLUP, Jr., and D. Michael LINDSAY, Surveying the Religious Landscape: Trends in U.S. Beliefs

BEN BREWSTER, Airline Drive Church of Christ, Bossier City, LA

Timothy DUDLEY-SMITH, John Stott: The Making of a Leader: The Early Years

ROBERT C. KURKA, Lincoln Christian College

John STOTT, Evangelical Truth: A Personal Plea for Unity, Integrity and Faithfulness

ROBERT C. KURKA, Lincoln Christian College

John B. COBB, Jr., and Clark H. PINNOCK, eds., Searching for an Adequate God: A Dialogue between Process and Free Will Theists

KELVIN JONES, Kentucky Christian College

Roger LUNDIN, Clarence WALHOUT, and Anthony C. THISELTON, The Promise of Hermeneutics

JAMES SMITH, Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary

Martha C. SAMMONS, A Far-Off Country: A Guide to C.S. Lewis?s Fantasy Fiction

BYRON C. LAMBERT, Fairleigh Dickenson University

Douglas GROOTHUIS, Truth Decay

DAVID L. LITTLE, University of Queensland

J. Philip WOGAMAN, Christian Perspectives on Politics. 2nd edition

NEAL COATES, Abilene Christian University

Charles R. TABER, To Understand the World, To Save the World: The Interface between Missiology and the Social Sciences

BILL RICHARDSON, Harding University

David J. HESSELGRAVE, Planting Churches Cross-Culturally: North America and Beyond

LARRY DOGGETT, St. Louis Christian College

Joseph GRANGE, The City: An Urban Cosmology

MICHAEL PABARCUS, Saint Louis Christian College

Bill TURPIE, Ten Great Preachers

GUTHRIE VEECH, Kentucky Christian College

Marjorie Hewitt SUCHOCKI, The Whispered Word: A Theology of Preaching

ROBERT D. JACKSON, Bellevue Christian Church, Pittsburgh, PA

Jon L. BERQUIST, Incarnation. Understanding Biblical Themes

KEVIN W. LARSEN, Lincoln Christian College?East Coast

Edward W. FUDGE and Robert A. PETERSON, Two Views of Hell: A Biblical and Theological Dialogue

WADE OSBURN, Institute for Christian Studies

Willem A. VANGEMEREN, ed., A Guide to Old Testament Theology and Exegesis: The Introductory Articles from the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis

R. CHRISTOPHER HEARD, Milligan College

Roland E. MURPHY, Proverbs. Word Biblical Commentary

R. CHRISTOPHER HEARD, Milligan College

Anthony J. DIEKEMA, Academic Freedom and Christian Scholarship

TOM TANNER, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary

Wendy COTTER, Miracles in Greco-Roman Antiquity: A Sourcebook for the Study of New Testament Miracle Stories

ROBERT SEESENGOOD, Drew University

<prichard>Conversion in the New Testament: Paul and the Twelve

DARREN E. BEACHY, University of Wisconsin, Fond du Lac

Daniel B. WALLACE, The Basics: An Intermediate Greek Grammar

CLAY HAM, Dallas Christian College

Crossing Galilee: Architectures of Contact in the Occupied Land of Jesus.

JACOB CHRISTIAN, Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary

Bruce J. MALINA The Social Gospel of Jesus: The Kingdom of God in Mediterranean Perspective

PAUL POLLARD, Harding University

David P. MOESSNER, ed., Jesus and the Heritage of Israel: Luke's Narrative Claim upon Israel?s Legacy

JON WEATHERLEY, Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary

O. Wesley ALLEN, Jr., Reading the Synoptic Gospels

ROBERT WEBER, Chatham Church of Christ, Chatham, NJ

Virginia WILES, Making Sense of Paul: A Basic Introduction to Pauline Theology

I. Howard MARSHALL, Stephen TRAVIS, and Ian PAUL, Exploring the New Testament, Volume Two: A Guide to the Letters & Revelation

T. SCOTT WOMBLE, Chambersburg Christian Church, Chambersburg, Illinois

Luke Timothy JOHNSON, Reading Romans: A Literary and Theological Commentary

DAVID L. SOWERS, Boise Bible College

Jerry W. MCCANT, 2 Corinthians. Readings

WILLIAM R. BAKER, Saint Louis Christian College

Charalambos BAKIRTZIS and Helmut KOESTER, eds., Philippi at the Time of Paul and after His Death

PAUL POLLARD, Harding University

Douglas MOO, The Letter of James

WILLIAM R. BAKER, Saint Louis Christian College
 
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