Knowing Your Bible: An Introductory Survey for the Everyday Christian (edited by Calvin L. Smith and David L. Williams) is the first of a series of volumes published by KEDS designed to equip the everyday Christian with a comprehensive and detailed knowledge and understanding of the Christian Scriptures.
This first Knowing Your Bible volume provides the reader with an introductory survey of the nature, origins and transmission of the Bible, history and worlds of the Old and New Testaments, biblical interpretation, Christian doctrine and historically controversial issues, and biblical prophecy. It is written in a straightforward and accessible style by contributors tutoring at King’s Evangelical Divinity School.
For the Christian the Bible represents the central basis of faith. What he or she believes, everything known about God - His eternal plan, His will for their life, Christian theology and doctrine – is based upon one’s knowledge and understanding of the Bible and how God reveals Himself through His word. Clearly, then, the more the believer knows and understands the Bible, the more fruitful they will become in their Christian walk.
As the book’s editors we have sought to construct a book that the everyday Christian will find helpful, practical and illuminating. With this in mind we have thought carefully about its practical outworking and accessibility, working closely with the knowledgeable contributors to produce a volume that is accessible. We trust and pray the reader will find this volume a valuable addition to their Christian library and would encourage you to look out for the future volumes delving into some of these issues in greater depth.
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KEDS tutor Jermo van Nes, who is currently completing his PhD at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven (Belgium), recently presented a paper at the European Association of Biblical Studies, which received the best student paper prize.
In the award-winning paper “Hapax Legomena in Disputed Pauline Letters: A Reassessment” Jermo focuses on the number of hapax legomena (defined as words used exclusively in a text) in the so-called disputed Pauline letters – Ephesians, Colossians, 2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, and Titus. For many scholars, the large number of hapaxes in these letters as compared to the so-called undisputed letters of Paul serve as evidence that they were written by someone other than the apostle.
By using simple linear regression analysis (a statistical method widely used in the sciences but not yet in New Testament studies), however, it is concluded that only 1 and 2 Timothy use significantly more hapaxes. If proper noun hapaxes as well as hapaxes used in explicit quotations and in virtue and vice lists are not taken into consideration, it even appears that none of the disputed Pauline letters use significantly more hapaxes. As such, it is questionable whether scholars should continue to use the number of hapaxes in these letters as an argument against their Pauline authorship.
Instead, the question of authorship should better be debated in terms of the letters’ history and theology.
KEDS Tutor Dr Raymond Pfister recently had a chapter entitled "Pentecôtismes, œcuménisme de l'Esprit et unité des chrétiens" (Pentecostalism, Ecumenism of the Spirit and Christian unity) published in a new book edited by Michel Mallèvre, L'unité des chrétiens: Pourquoi ? Pour quoi ? (Collection Cerf Patrimoines. Paris : Les Editions du Cerf, 2016).