We are delighted to welcome Brian and Paula Brewer, from Illinois, USA, to work with us at the KEDS office here in Broadstairs.

Brian, who earned B.Th. and M.A. degrees in Theology through KEDS, is the administrator of the school's new Centre for Jewish-Christian Studies, as well as PA to the Principal and a member of KEDS' academic committee. He is currently researching Gentile interaction and involvement with Messianic ministries. The Brewers have moved to the UK primarily to work with KEDS to develop the Centre for Jewish-Christian Studies over the next twelve months.
This is not the first time the Brewers have lived outside the US. They felt a call to cross-cultural ministry work and entered into missionary service more than 20 years ago, doing short-term work in Costa Rica, Mexico and Thailand. Neither are they strangers to the UK, having completed three previous extended periods of ministry in various locations across the country.

Additionally, Brian has served a number of years in pastoral ministry as well as Hispanic ministry in the U.S. Midwest. He observes:
An important factor in my attraction and longstanding relationship with KEDS was the proactive stance KEDS had regarding the need especially for non-Jewish believers to understand God's ongoing purposes for/with Israel. This ethos and accompanying instruction fit well with the teaching I had received twenty years earlier that had planted a seed of interest in Jewish-Christian relations. Coming as volunteers to help the Centre is, for us, a natural progression of many years' preparation in which the purposes of God were not that clear until just the past few years.
We very much look forward to working with the Brewers developing the Centre over the coming months. The first task is the development of the Centre's own website hosting various Jewish-Christian Studies resources. However, some details of the Centre's aims can be found on this page. You can also receive Twitter updates about the Centre @jcstudies.

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. 

This book serves as the set introductory text to King’s Evangelical Divinity School’s successful eight-module Knowing Your Bible series, available for study online. It is included in the first courseware pack for all new KYB applicants (for further information select Courses from the above drop-down menu). However, the book is also designed as a stand-alone study resource for the everyday Christian, whether or not they are enrolled on the Knowing Your Bible course, and is available for purchase via KEDS’ online shop (see link above).
In the Introduction the editors write: 

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. 


Find out more about the Knowing Your Bible programme..

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.