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DOON THEOLOGICAL JOURNAL 11.1 (2014)

Hosea’s Perspective on the “Knowledge of God” and its Relevance to Rivers State, Nigeria    -Ucheawaji G. Josiah

Josiah’s paper seeks to explore the idea of da‘ath ’elôhim (“knowledge of God”) in the Book of Hosea, the prophet. He argues that to Hosea the “knowledge of God” implies a definite move from ‘head’ knowledge about God and His Laws to practical application of them in obedience by the Hosea’s auditors,’ the “applied knowledge.” Such an act is a grand recognition of God’s truth and power which results in issuing of appropriate conduct on the part of Hosea’s auditors based on a true understanding of God. Hence, Josiah based on the result of the survey done among the people of Rivers State of Nigeria maintains that there is an immediate need to affirm applied knowledge among them as the respondents reflect overwhelmingly high level of ‘head’ knowledge of God without its practical application in their personal, social and political spheres of life.

The Law in Acts: A Narrative-Critical Reading - Jason A. Myers

In this article, Myers argues that the law is an important theme in the Acts of the Apostles which in pertinent passages of the book are not mere examples of unique individual treatments rather all the passages intertextually contribute to form a coherent theme. To this end, he employs narrative-critical tools to elucidate the topic under discussion. The law, for Myers, occurs in Lucan narrative pertaining to the specific charges leveled by the non-Christian Jews against the early Christian leaders’ of disparaging the law by what they teach Jews in the Roman Empire. This charge against them is ambivalently carried forward by ‘repetition and non-refutation’ of it until the end by Luke’s deliberate choice of material, both included and excluded, in the unfolding of the story of early Christian origins and spread.

What’s the Point of Biblical Theology? - Scott J. Hafemann

Hafemann carries forward his discussion, at first, by recounting the challenges found in the recent enterprises in the field of Biblical Theology. He critically highlights the failure of the recent works in biblical theology by saying: “Lots of work, little result.” Hafemann identifies how in the past biblical theologians have sought to demonstrate the unity between the testaments by operating on the single basic framework like inaugurated eschatology, Heilsgeschichte, or to say of Childs as seeking unity of the Bible not textually but in the experience of God by upholding the diversity of the witnesses of the two testaments while overcoming it through a Christian reading of the canon. Finally, the author proposes his approach as an alternate method suitable to the articulation of biblical theology which has already suffered ‘death’ twice since the Reformation period. Hafemann’s “Ten These on Biblical Theology” along with “big ideas” of Scripture can serve as a reliable catalyst to grope through the ‘thick-and-dark terrain’ of Biblical Theology exuberantly pumped with ever increasing new works. I believe the readers will find Hafemann’s proposals helpful in appreciating the unity of the Scripture.

Holiness of God: A Prophetic Reading - Shaibu Abraham

Abraham maintains that the holiness of God in the thoughts of the eight century prophets is three dimensional – God’s filial relation with His people, His righteousness, and His justice in the social context. This unique understanding of the holiness of God based on the Spirit experience of the eight century prophets characterizes their whole prophetic vocation in the cultic context. Hence, they critically engaged with the then grim socio-historical realities with an intense desire to alter the oppressive and exploitative social structures and establish right relation within the society effecting liberation to many based on the justice of God.

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