Journal of Theological Interpretation

The latest edition of Journal of Theological Interpretation (1.2; Fall 2007) is out. The Table of Contents reads:

‘P. T. Forsyth, Scripture, and the Crisis of the Gospel’, by Angus Paddison

It is truly exciting to see a paper on Forsyth. They are an all-too-rare thing. I commend Angus’ paper to you, in which he examines Forsyth’s theological interpretation of Scripture. Scripture for P.T. Forsyth is a sacramental agent of the gospel and the NT writings are decisively incorporated within the redemptive activity of God in Christ. Forsyth’s location of authority in the gospel conveyed by Scripture allows him considerable flexibility in relation to two alternative sources of authority: biblical scholarship and biblical infallibility. An ecclesial reading of Scripture is beholden neither to the rationalism of the academy nor to mechanical theories of verbal inspiration. A church resourced by what Forsyth termed the “positive gospel” will read Scripture with decisiveness and litheness, giving space for the lively activity of the Spirit upon the Word. Moreover, the cross is the one super-historic principle capable of interpreting all history and human action. The essay then turns to the Jesus that Forsyth encounters in his preaching of John 12 and John 16. Forsyth’s powerful reading of the NT reinvigorates John’s language of judgment, conviction, and sin. The holiness of the Son moving through the world and dying on the cross is the crisis of the world and accomplishes the sinful world’s reconciliation with the Holy Father. Forsyth’s consistently theological interpretation demonstrates the potential of a theologian immersing herself in Scripture and concentrating on the resources of the gospel.

‘”Although/Because He Was in the Form of God”: The Theological Significance of Paul’s Master Story (Phil 2:6–11)’, by Michael J. Gorman

‘The “New Creation,” the Crucified and Risen Christ, and the Temple: A Pauline Audience for Mark’, by Andy Johnson

‘Apocalypticizing Dogmatics: Karl Barth’s Reading of the Book of Revelation’, by Joseph L. Mangina

‘The Hermeneutical Circle of Christian Community: Biblical, Theological, and Practical Dimensions of the Unity of Scripture’, by Charles J. Scalise


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