Friday, August 31, 2007

(Partial) Table of Contents for the Palestine Exploration Quarterly on-line

I recently uploaded a table of contents from 1937 to present for the Palestine Exploration Quarterly. If anyone can help with data for volumes 1 - 68 (1869-1936) please let me know. I am in the process of contacting some of authors with a view to putting more of the articles on-line.

Transactions of the Victoria Institute Table of Contents updated

With the help of the staff of Dr. Williams' Library (who patiently photocopied the tables of contents of the first 77 volumes for me) I have been able to complete the on-line table of contents of the Journal of the Transactions of the Victoria Institute. The version was based on the published indexes that seem to have contained a good number of errors. The finished version provides the pagination for each article (as near as I can judge).

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Gordon D. Fee on the Inauthenticity of John 5:3b-4.

The following article is now available on-line in PDF:

Gordon D. Fee, "On the Inauthenticity of John 5:3b-4," The Evangelical Quarterly 54.4 (Oct.-Dec. 1982): 207-218.

John 5:3-4 reads in the King James Version:
"In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down out at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatever disease he had."

The authenticity of most of this passage has long been rejected by textual critics, but this is the first article to explain why it is not accepted written for the general reader. Very helpful.

William B. Badke: Was Jesus the John the Baptist's disciple?

The following article is now available on-line:

William B. Badke, "Was Jesus a Disciple of John?" The Evangelical Quarterly 62 3 (1990): 195-204.

Following on from an earlier article, Dr. Badke discusses Jesus' relationship with John the Baptist.

William B. Badke on what Paul meant by "Baptised into Moses" and "Baptsed into Christ".

The following article is available in PDF:

William B. Badke, "Baptised into Moses - Baptised into Christ: a Study in Doctrinal Development," The Evangelical Quarterly 60 (1988): 23-29.

This is a study of Paul's teaching in Romans 6:3. Dr Badke summarises his argument as follows:

It is the contention of this paper that, only if death and resurrection with Christ had not yet been connected thematically with baptism, would Paul have used the expression 'baptised into Moses'. If such a connection had not yet been made, Paul's meaning would simply be that the Israelites adhered themselves to Moses, and thus to God, through a baptism-like act. This would say nothing more than the Old Testament text already implies and would leave no implication that Moses was to be seen as a resurrected saviour leading his people into a better world and imparting to them the mysteries of God. Paul was far too careful a pastor to have allowed for such a false implication. He could use 'baptised into Moses' freely, because he himself had not yet made the connection between baptism and death-resurrection, let alone teaching it to anyone else.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Dennis Ngien on Martin Luther's Theology of Preaching

The following article is available in PDF:

Dennis Ngien, "Theology of Preaching in Martin Luther," Themelios 28.2 (Spring 2003): 28-48.

An interesting study on Luther's doctrine of Scripture.

R.K. Harrison on the Problem of Hyssop

The following article is now available in PDF:

R.K. Harrison, "The Biblical Problem of Hyssop," The Evangelical Quarterly 26.4 (1954): 218-224.

The "problem" of hyssop may have passed you by, in which case this article will be of interest to you. An article I recently uploaded by F.F. Bruce also refers to the issue.

All reasonable efforts have been made to locate the current copyright holder of this article without success. If you own the copyright, please contact me.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

F.F. Bruce on Qumran and the New Testament

The following article is now available in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "Qumran and the New Testament," Faith and Thought 90.2 (1958): 92-102.

This is another of F.F. Bruce's excellent studies on the Dead Sea Scrolls. In this article he examines some of the many theories that sprang up within a few years of the discoveries relating to the influence of the Qumran sectarians on the NT and gives his evaluation of each.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

F.F. Bruce on Qumran and the Old Testament

The following article is now available in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "Qumran and the Old Testament," Faith and Thought 91.1 (1959): 9-27.

Professor Bruce explains the significance of the discoveries in the caves at Qumran for Old Testament textual criticism and interpretation.

Vox Evangelica Volume 10 (1977) now on-line

The following articles are now available in PDF:

Leslie C. Allen, "Faith on Trial: an Analysis of Psalm 139," Vox Evangelica 10 (1977): 5-23.

M.M.B. Turner, "The Concept of Receiving the Spirit in John's Gospel," Vox Evangelica 10 (1977): 24-42.

F.P. Cotterell, "The Gospel of Barnabas," Vox Evangelica 10 (1977): 43-47.

A brief but helpful discussion of this famous medieval muslim forgery.

A.N.S. Lane, "The Rationale and Significance of the Virgin Birth," Vox Evangelica 10 (1977): 48-64.

I found this the most interesting of the articles in this volume. It is not often you find a discussion of the reasons why it is thought that the virgin birth was necessary and this is certainly the best I've read.

R.L. Sturch, "The Metaphysics of the Incarnation," Vox Evangelica 10 (1977): 65-76.

The Conclusion of the Daniel Scot Case in Australia

I have been following the case of Australian Pastors Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah who were found guilty of 'religious vilification' of Islam in 2004 and ordered by the Court to apologise. The complaints made against him arose from a seminar the two pastors gave on Jihad in March 2003, the transcript of which is available here and is an excellent resource. In 2006 the State of Victoria Supreme Court overturned the verdict against him and ordered a retrial. Following a official talks at Offical pre-trial discussion the Islamic Council who brought the case have dropped their action, issuing a joint press-release affirming the rights to "robustly debate" and "criticise" religious beliefs.

The case has raised important issues of freedom of speech, not to mention the way in which the judge conducted the original trial. The case has cost the two ministers 500,000 Austrialian dollars and put them under a great deal of stress. In May this year (according to the Evangelical Times article) the 19 year-old nephew of Daniel's wife was kidnapped in Peshawar and held for 9 days before being released.

As with similar cases that have been brought against Christian ministers in the past, even when they are subsequently vindicated in court, to a large extent the damage has been done. Fewer people will now want to speak openly of the true nature of Islam for fear being subjected to the same treatment in the courts, so free speech and the freedom to spread the Gospel amongst Muslims in particular, is courtailed as the same law against "religious hatred" remains on the statute books in Australia. As Todd Nettleton, a spokesman for The Voice of the Martyrs put it succinctly:

In the eyes of the law, it's not a matter of whether or not these two men told the truth – they did – but whether someone felt bad about what they said. This is such a subjective standard that the law almost invites misguided cases like this one.

Read more of the background to this story here.

Monday, August 06, 2007

A Visit to London's Evangelical Library

Last Saturday I was able to spend the best part of the day at the Evangelical Library near Baker Street Station in London. Founded in the 1930's by Geoffrey Williams the library holds over 80,000 books, plus numerous journals and periodicals. It was this collection of journals that prompted me to renew my membership after an interval of around 15 years and make the trip into the city centre.

I have to say that I was both impressed and slightly saddened by the experience. It was wonderful to be able to search through the journal room, buried deep within the library, which contains thousands of bound journal volumes, many dating from the 1800's. The picture to the right and below left show the journal room. What saddened me was that such a great resource seems to be greatly under-used. Many of the recent journals I looked at seemed never to have been opened before. Like many Christian institutions the library appears to run on a shoe-string and does not have the resources to replace its ailing photocopier. Indeed the copies it produced were so poor that I bought a small scanner to work on my laptop computer and took that along. I am looking forward to spending another Saturday exploring the journal room later in the year. During the day I was able to scan quite a number of articles which will be appearing on-line in due course.

If you live within travelling distance of London I would highly recommend a visit. The library also offers a useful postal service for those who live further afield. Such resources deserve our support and should not be allowed to fall into disuse.