Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford
“What would the study of Christianity look like if scholars put women in the centre of their research?” Dana Robert posed this question in her recent article entitled “World Christianity as a Women’s Movement”. In this article she argues that we have known for years that the centre of gravity of Christianity has moved to the Majority World. Scholars such as Andrew Walls have long implored the academy to put the concerns of Christians in Asia, Africa, and Latin America at the centre of scholarship not only because those are the places where the church is growing but also to see what creative impulses and ideas may arise to enlighten and challenge the church universal. What might we learn if we afforded women more than a shirt-tail experience?
This article considers these questions by looking at the challenges and opportunities facing women: the invisibility of women, women’s work and the role and place of women in leadership. It considers the realms of public and private space and how women have often been marginalised into the private sphere. It reviews and challenges the bias against women’s work. It concludes by offering some examples of women in leadership in Majority World churches as good role models.
Keywords: women, mission, invisibility, women’s work, leadership, patriarchy, empower, injustice
University of Aberdeen
To talk of New Testament christology is to say that the experience of the New Testament writers is the normative authoritative source with which the theologian must work. However, the theologian will also need to take other material into account, including: (1) the historical experiences of the early Christians and of Jesus himself rather than just the teaching of the New Testament writers; and (2) our subsequent Christian experience and the development of human knowledge and philosophy that may provide fresh subject matter and fresh ways for understanding that need to be taken into account. The theologian thus comes to an understanding of what must be assumed to underlie the New Testament experience, and this will involve going beyond what the New Testament authors themselves did or could have worked out.
Keywords: Christology, authority, Jesus, Messiah, Paul
Baptist Theological Institute of Bucharest; Liberty University
The lexical choice made by the first Christians to present the Christian message as euangelion is a stark one. This is so because euangelion is used in Ancient Greek literature almost always as a technical term for the news of victory, a term used by those in power. This choice made by the first Christians leads to polemics with those in power. The politics and praxis of victory are affected too in this incursion of early Christianity in the area of power language. Thus, euangelion is captured and restructured as being the ‘euangelion of the kingdom’ and ‘of Christ.’ This leads to a different understanding of the way a citizen should live in the world.
Keywords: Gospel, victory, power, polemics, politics
RAȚĂ, Tiberius. “Dumnezeu ca restaurator – o perspectiva teologică asupra cărții lui Neemia.” / “God as Restorer – A Theological Perspective on the Book of Nehemiah.” Jurnal teologic 11.1 (2012): 82-108.
Grace College & Theological Seminary
A theological incursion into the book of Nehemiah gives us an insight into who God is and what He does. Nehemiah describes God as the Creator God who is sovereign over the events of history, hears the prayer of the faithful, blesses, protects, and wants to continue in a covenant relationship with his people. The book of Nehemiah also affirms that the faithful trust in God, they pray, plan, and work even though the enemy makes their work harder to accomplish. The theological insights of the book serve as a constant encouragement for God’s people who are still called by their Creator to minister in the midst of opposition.
Keywords: God, Nehemiah, covenant, Jerusalem, reconstruction, reformation
Baptist Theological Institute of Bucharest
According to the teaching of Scripture, the Church of Christ is a glorious Church. Throughout church history we can see that the glory of the Church was not always and fully reflected by local Churches. For this reason the Church has often been criticized, attacked mercilessly, sadly neglected and coldly rejected by more, and considered irrelevant, outdated and meaningless. In some places, Church buildings are nothing more than monuments, museums, stately images of the past, or just a memory. Such a context requires further study on the doctrine of the Church to reach an accurate picture of the Church intended by God.
Keywords: Church, Image, Society, Mystical Body, Salvation, Bride, Holy Spirit
COLDA, Teodor-Ioan. “Argumentul teologic al lui Pavel în Epistola către Galateni în baza categoriilor nou și vechi, adevărat și fals.” / “Paul’s Theological Argument in Galatians Using New and Old, True and False Categories.” Jurnal teologic 11.1 (2012): 126-142.
Baptist Theological Institute of Bucharest
A careful textual study of Paul’s Letter to Galatians leads to the observation of important theological themes that are interwoven throughout the letter, themes that build complex theological and ethical teaching through the whole argument of the letter. In this paper are summarized major themes that can be identified in Galatians. These themes are revealing conflicts which fallow the further paradigms: new and old or true and false. In fact the entire message of Galatians can be reconstructed following the idea of conflict: the Old Paul against the New Paul, Jews against Gentiles, the deeds of the Law against faith, curse against blessing, slavery against sonship, the Old Covenant against the New Covenant, circumcised against not circumcised, life in the flesh against life in the Spirit, the true Gospel against the false Gospel, true teachers against false teachers.
Keywords: Galatians, Paul, conflict, new and old, Law, faith, covenant, circumcision, Gospel.