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DOON THEOLOGICAL JOURNAL 6.2 (2009)

Paul’s Defense of his Gentile Mission in Romans: Mission Theology or Theology of Mission? - Donald    Grigorenko

Donald Grigorenko’s paper investigates the primary purpose of Paul’s letter to the Romans. He argues that Paul presents his theology of mission in Romans, rather than a theological treatise or a mission theology, in order to justify his mission to the Gentiles and the Gentile nations. He, like Nils Dahl and a few recent Pauline scholars, thinks that mission is the keystone of the macrostructure of Romans. Without this keystone the letter is an interesting collection of stones on various aspects of anthropology, soteriology and sanctification. This paper concludes with a reflection on the consequences of Paul’s theology of mission to our generation.

Verbal Aspect in the Gospel of Matthew: Discourse Prominence in the Parable of the Labourers in    the Vineyard - Eric

Eric tests the viability of the theory of verbal aspect and discourse prominence articulated and developed by Stanley Porter. Naizer applies this theory to read Matt. 20. 1-16. Contrary to the traditional, customary approach of understanding the verbal system (for instance, aorist as punctiliar, completed action; imperfect as past continuous; present as continuous action, etc.), Porter proposes three primary ways of viewing the verbal aspect: perfective aspect (aorist tense); imperfective aspect (present/ imperfect tenses); stative aspect (perfect/pluperfect tenses). The perfective aspect (aorist tense) portrays a process that is complete; the imperfective portrays an action in progress, and the stative aspect reflects the state of affairs of an act. Porter then describes verbal aspect as a means by which authors indicate planes of discourse to signify points of emphasis within a given portion of a text. Naizer applies this with ease to Matt. 20. 1-16 and locates the selective use of perfect tense in relation to the labourers who were called at the eleventh hour in the narrative. This, according to Naizer, is to emphasize the stative aspect and thus to give prominence to this group of labourers in the narrative. This article thus proposes the need to rethink the traditional paradigms of reading the Greek verbal system.

Decolonizing Theological Education in Nigeria - Adekunle Dada

Adekunle Dada makes a strong plea for contextually grounded theological education in order to make it effective and rooted in the consciousness of a people in a given context (in his case in Nigeria). Though his frame of reference is theological education in Nigeria, the basic plea of the paper has relevance for us in India too, as we too have inherited a mode of colonial western theological education, just as the Nigerians have from the British. Dada, inspired by some of the postcolonial creative and novelistic writers from Africa, presents his plea from a postcolonial perspective. In the Saidian and Homi Bhabhan postcolonial spirit, Dada thinks that the western colonial cultural intertwining and overlapping with native Nigerian cultures cannot be erased completely. Hence what is important is a strategic postcolonial, decolonizing turn to make theological education more authentic for the native peoples in Nigeria. But while doing so he refuses to discard all that is western. Instead he advocates a recontextualization within the past and present experiences of the Nigerian people. He also cautions that in the process of decolonization the Christo-centric and biblio-centric character of Christian education should not be sacrificed on the altar of contextuality.

Senate of Serampore College (University) at Ninety: Issues and Concerns - Ravi Tiwari

Ravi Tiwari attempts a very detailed historical account of the commencement of theological education in India in the colonial times and how the Senate of Serampore College has emerged as a significant theological degree granting body in India. Many who passed through this stream of theological education are unaware of the history and evolution of this great institution in India. After affirming its legal status, Tiwari makes a strong plea to the Indian Christian communities to think in terms of regaining the earliest university status of the Serampore College and develop it as a Christian university for higher education—secular and theological—in India. This article is very timely, as the Senate has taken up the important task of curriculum revision for its Bachelor of Divinity degree program and also some major structural changes in its academic structure and initiatives such as the drafting and passing of a new constitution, the new Bachelor of Divinity degree structure, the phasing off of existing BTh program and initiating the possibility of offering a few new bachelor level programs in Missions and Ministry Studies.

A Creative Use of Ramanuja’s Visistadvaita Vedanta in Indian Christian Theology: An Appraisal of the    Theologies of A. J. Appasamy and Dhanjibai Fakirbhai - Paluri Wilson

Wilson’s article is an appraisal of two prominent Indian Christian theologians—A. J. Appasamy and Dhanjibhai Fakirbhai—who have creatively used Ramanuja’s Visistadvaita Vedanta philosophy in their Christian theological articulations. Theirs is an attempt to contextualize the Christian gospel and experience in one of the religious traditions (margas) of India. But unlike Ramanuja whose bhakti is more about an individual’s union with the deity, Appasamy and Fakirbhai, think of Christian bhakti as communion with God.

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