TC ERT Jul 2014 Vol 38 No 3


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Theme: The Messianic Jesus


  • How Jesus Inaugurated the Kingdom on the Cross: a Kingdom Perspective of the Atonement by Prabo Mihindukulasuriya
  • In What Sense was the First Coming of Jesus Messianic? by Colin Barnes
  • From Patristics to the Study of Early Christianity by Wendy Elgersma Helleman
  • Evangelical Theology at the Crossroads by Gerald R. McDermott
  • ‘New Treasures With the Old’: Addressing Culture and Gender Imperialism in Higher Level Theological Education by Perry W. H. Shaw
  • Reviews

Editorial: The Messianic Jesus

Two significant articles on the interpretation of the ministry and achievement of Jesus form the theme for this issue. In the first, Prabo Mihindukulasuriya (Sri Lanka) offers a way of integrating the various traditional understandings of the atonement by focusing on Jesus and his inauguration of the ‘Kingdom of God.’ He explains that Jesus ushered in God’s redemptive rule as the perfect king and perfect citizen. These multiple functions displayed by Jesus bring together the diverse images of salvation seen in the Gospel accounts and provide a comprehensive understanding of the gospel with the cross as the ‘radiating centre of God’s transforming rule.’ Then in a lengthy article, Colin Barnes (Australia) examines the messianic motifs in Micah 2: 12-13. He shows how Jesus’ messianic activity, conforming as it does to typical Jewish understandings of the day, breaks down the fence protecting Israel, and restores everything to humanity that Adam lost.

With these two comprehensive perspectives in view, we can move forward as Wendy Helleman (Nigeria and Canada) gives an extremely helpful overview of the way research, study and teaching of early Christianity has varied from the Reformation to the present time. She documents the many changes in aim, focus, content and methodology applied to Patristics as different scholarly, ecclesiastical and sociological trends have surfaced to influence perspectives on the study of this period of church life. Her article will provide students with a valuable overview of this important topic which will assist them in assessing the host of works now available in this field.

With a broader and much more recent perspective, Gerald McDermott (USA) gives us an analysis of evangelical theology in the contemporary period. He points out the great advances that have taken place, but also reflects on flashpoints and divisions that still exist. Nevertheless, he is optimistic that evangelical theology will continue to mature as a reform movement within the broader church, especially if it can learn from its past by not being triumphalist or sectarian, and by retaining its integrity.

Our final essay is a valuable critique by Perry Shaw (Lebanon) of traditional western ways of theological education with their analytic, individualist and linear approaches; he advocates instead a more networked, holistic and experience-driven approach which will take account of the cultural and gender diversity existing in the world church and so enhance theological education and ministry training.

So we have contributions from around the world which call us to re-examine our understanding of the Lord and source of our faith, and to understand the way in which that faith has been developed and communicated for so long. As we heed these voices, we can look forward to a much invigorated understanding and a much more effective sharing of this faith in Jesus our Messiah.

Thomas Schirrmacher, General Editor
David Parker, Executive Editor