CTR 10/1 (Fall 2012): Open Theme

The Fall of 2012 marks a new transition in the life of the Criswell Theological Review.  For approximately a decade, Dr. R. Alan Streett has served as editor and successfully maintained a high standard of scholarship for this publication.  Scholars from numerous backgrounds have contributed to previous volumes with the byproduct being a healthy colloquial setting.    Now as a colleague of Dr. Streett, I humbly step into the role as editor with the determination to maintain the same standard of quality so that our readership can continue to benefit.

That being said, the Fall 2012 edition includes a compilation of articles on numerous topics.  Our first two articles are lectures that were presented in the Fall of 2011 at the annual Criswell Theological Lectures Series at Criswell College.  The speaker was Dr. Andreas Kӧstenberger, who serves as Professor of New Testament at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.  The lead article is a lecture wherein Kӧstenberger presented his reflections on the nature of biblical hermeneutics which were based on a current book that he co-wrote with Richard D. Patterson entitled Invitation to Biblical Interpretation.  The second article was a subsequent lecture in which Kӧstenberger admonished young seminarians to pursue character as well as academic excellence.  This lecture was also based upon a current volume Kӧstenberger had written entitled Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit fo Scholarly Virtue. Continue reading

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CTR 9/2 (Spring 2012): Jewish Studies

The Spring 2012 edition of Criswell Theological Review features several articles on the theme of Jewish Studies, including essays on Jewish and Gentile identity “in Christ.”  As our readers know, this issue is the focus of much debate among scholars of all theological persuasions.

Our lead article, “Romans 11 and Christian-Jewish Relations,” is contributed by Mark Nanos, the Soebbing Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Rockhurst University (MO).  Based on his careful exegesis of the text, Nanos challenges translation committees whose English word choices has led many to conclude erroneously that God’s people (Jews) as natural branches have been severed from the Olive tree, had their hearts hardened, and thus have become enemies of the gospel.  Nanos then suggests that alternative translation options, based on contextual and historical considerations, which will lead to a more accurate interpretation of this well-known passage. Continue reading

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CTR 9/1 (Fall 2011): Open Theme

The Fall 2011 edition of Criswell Theological Review offers our subscribers several articles dealing with biblical and theological studies. Rusty Osborne, editor and moderator of lawprophetssandwritings.com, examines Ezekiel’s use of irony in Ezekiel 20:1-44 as a means of maximizing prophetic rhetoric.  This is an important article for those teaching through the Book of Ezekiel.

In his article, “‘Rejoice, O Gentiles, With His People’: Paul’s Intra-Jewish Rhetoric in Philippians 3:1-9,” Chris Zoccali challenges the traditional scholarly view that this text represents an anti-Jewish polemic and offers an alternative view that it is actually concerned with Gentile Christ-followers retaining their own ethnic identity.

Glenn Kreider, Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, contributes “God’s Humility: Reflections on an Unappreciated Attribute of the father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”  In this provocative article Kreider explores the implication of Christ’s incarnation, especially as it relates to his human obedience and submission to his heavenly Father through the power of the Spirit. Continue reading

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CTR 8/2 (Spring 2011): Open Theme

This edition of CTR features the contributions of six scholars.  Of these, three deal specifically with issues related to the General Epistles.

In the lead article, “The Authorship of Hebrews,” David Allen, Dean of the School of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, TX) makes a survey of historical literature that supports his position that Luke was responsible for penning Hebrews.  With an abundance of evidence, Allen presents a compelling case for his position.

Respected NT scholar Peter H. Davids, Professor of NT at St. Stephen’s University (Saint Stephen, NB), examines the “larger theology” of the Epistle of James.  Breaking new ground, he shows that James has much to say about God and the human situation in the context of the Roman Empire. Continue reading

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CTR 8/1 (Fall 2010): Open Theme

Herbert Benson, M.D., Associate Professor at Harvard medical School, is known as the “Father of the Relaxation response,” a method used to cope with stress and its results, e.g. elevated blood pressure.  Since the mid- 1970’s Benson has been on the cutting edge of mind body medicine.  His most recent book, The Relaxation Revolution, co-authored with William Proctor, J.D., presents the latest scientific data that validates the effectiveness of relaxation as a therapeutic tool.   

In our lead article, “The Coming Relaxation Revolution: Introducing Evangelical Christians to the Science and Genetics of Mind Body Therapy,” Benson and Proctor make a case that relaxation techniques are compatible with the Christian belief system and suggest ways that evangelicals can practice the Relaxation Response to attain better health.  An informative interview with the authors follows the article. Continue reading

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CTR 7/2 (Spring 2010): Mind-Body Connection

The Spring 2010 edition of CTR is devoted in its entirety to exploring the mind-body connection. To this end we have invited scholars from the disciplines of theology and psychology to address the issue.

Mind-body research is an exciting field of inquiry. Neuroscientists are beginning to prove quantitatively the amazing power of the human brain to accomplish tasks hitherto unthinkable. Now biblical scholars are beginning to ask what relationship exists between soul (mind, spirit, personality) and brain. Our authors address this question from different perspectives. Continue reading

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CTR 7/1 (Fall 2009): Open Theme

Editor’s Page
-R. Alan Streett

“‘Even We Have Believed’: Galatians 2:15-16 Revisited”
-Don Garlington

“Acts 2 and the Old Testament: The Pentecost Event in Light of Sinai, Babel and the Table of Nations”
-Jud Davis

“The Covenant in the Book of Job”
-Max Rogland

“Qumran and the Messianic Hope”
-Lamar E. Cooper, Sr.

“Speech-Act Theory as a Corollary for Describing the Communicative Dynamics of Biblical Revelation: Some Recommendations and Reservations”
-Everett Berry

Book Reviews

Index of Book Reviews

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CTR 6/2 (Spring 2009): Interracial Marriage

Editor’s Page
-R. Alan Streett

“A Biblical Perspective on Interracial Marriage”
-J. Daniel Hays

“Interethnic Marriages in the New Testament (Matt 1:3-6; Acts7:29; 16:1-3; cf. 1 Cor. 7:14)”
-Craig Keener

“The Curse of Ham”
-Edwin M. Yamauchi

“Interracial Marriage and Emergent Truth”
-Russell D. Moore

“Statement About Race at Bob Jones University”

“Unequally Yoked by Race or by Faith”
-George Yancey

“An Interview with Rodney Woo”
-R. Alan Streett

Book Reviews

Index of Book Reviews

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CTR 6/1 (Fall 2008): The Church and National Politics

Editor’s Page
-R. Alan Streett

” The Rule of Decorum: How Sex and Religion Became Public Issues in America ”
– Barry Hankins

“The Kingdom as a Political-Spiritual Revolution”

– Gregory A. Boyd

” Thinking Biblically About Politics ”
– Ronald J. Sider

“Why War is a Moral Necessity for America or How Realistic Is Realism?”
– Stanley Hauerwas

” Who Will Reclaim the Religious Right—Conservative Christians Or Christian Conservatives? ”

– Russell D. Moore

” Paul’s Purification Rite: Compromise or Cultural Sensitivity? ”

– Steven Cox

Book Reviews

Index of Book Reviews

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CTR 5/2 (Spring 2008): Christians and Alcohol

Editor’s Page
-R. Alan Streett

“‘They Have No Wine:’ Wet/Dry Baptists and the Alcohol Issues”
-Bill J. Leonard

“The Christian and Alcohol”
-Richard Land and Barrett Duke

“The Bible and the Question of Alcoholic Beverages”
-Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

“Women’s Christian Temperance Union”
-Sarah F. Ward

“The Famous ‘Booze’ Sermon”
-William “Billy” Sunday

Book Reviews

Index of Book Reviews


Website-only Articles:

“To Drink or Not To Drink: A Sober Look at the Question”
-Norman Geisler

Additional Book Reviews

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