【Book Review】The Progress of Redemption

Course: Pentateuch
Professor: Rev. Dr. Moses Wong
Date: 2015 Fall Semester

The Progress of Redemption: The Story of Salvation From Creation to The New Jerusalem. Authored by Willem VanGemeren. Zondervan Publishing . Chinese Edition by Chinese Evangelical Seminary. 684 pp. NTD 650.

Summary

This Biblical theology textbook, unlike general biblical introduction or survey books, addresses the research on the Redemption history of God. It consists of 12 Parts that reflects the 12 redemptive periods be designed according to the Scripture, the Redemption history begins with the creation of God, and ends up with the new Jerusalem. Furthermore, it can be divided into 5 major periods – Old Testament (P1~P8); New Testament(P8. Ch26); Intertestamental Period(P9~P10); Church History(P11); and the Prophetic future(P12). 继续阅读 »

Exegetical Paper: Matthew 18:21-35

Course: Hermeneutics
Teacher: Rev. Dr. Moses Wong
Semester: 2015 Spring
Grade: A-

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………….. 1

Statement of Problem…………………………………………………….. 1
Statement of Purpose ……………………………………………………. 1
Methodology and Sources………………………………………………..1

II. THE PARABLE OF THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT: Matthew 18:21-35…………………. 3

Greek Text and English Translation ……………………………………. 3 继续阅读 »

【Reading Report】Judges

Course: Old Testament History Books
Teacher: Rev. Dr. Moses Wong
Semester: 2015 Fall

Exegetical Problem

David Howard points out several special topics in the Book Judges [ An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books. David Howard. 129-133 pp.] : (1) The real nature of the organizational structure of Israel community, in his book, Howard takes the research result of Martin North as a clarification. (2) The office of Judge, since the concept of Judge is far different from modern Judge. (3) The position and function of 1:1~2:5. (4) The angel of the LORD, two non-evangelical scholars, Walter Eichrodt and Gerhard von Rad question the real identify of the angel. (5) The owe of Jephthah, It is controversial that what is the meaning of his owe? And whether he fulfill his owe or not.

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【Reading Report】Joshua

Course: Old Testament History Books
Teacher: Rev. Dr. Moses Wong
Semester: 2015 Fall

Exegetical Problem

One of the exegetical problems in Joshua is “the Sun Stands Still” in Chapter 10, verse 12~14, in which remains several problems. Firstly, what is the content limitation of the book of Jashar which referred in verse 13 [ An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books. David Howard. 99 pp.] . Second, who spoke to the Israel people in the day (verse 12) [ Ibid. 100 pp. ] whether the speaker is the Lord or Joshua. Third, the function of verse 15 “So Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal” [ Ibid]. The final and the most common problem is what is “Sun, stand still, moon stop” (verse 12~13), some says that it is totally a myth, while some says this is a miracle [ Ibid. 101 pp. ] .

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【Reading Report】Ruth

Course: Old Testament History Books
Teacher: Rev. Dr. Moses Wong
Semester: 2015 Fall

Exegetical Problem

There are three major exegetical or literary criticism problems in Satterthwaite and McConville’s introduction (383-388 pp). Firstly, the exact form-time of Ruth. Even though all of the stories were occurred in the Judges Age and no earlier than Kings Age, whilst nobody knows when the book completed. In order to be more specific, the two scholars divide the topic into four minor parts: linguistics; law; the Israel-Moab connection; and the Ruth-Cannon connection (383-385 pp). Second, it seems that some law in the Pentateuch does not apply to the Ruth context (385-386 pp). Third, the role of the book Ruth in the Old Testament, especially the Moab identification of Ruth (386-388 pp).

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【Book Review】Introduction to the Pentateuch

Course: Pentateuch
Professor: Rev. Dr. Moses Wong
Date: 2015 Fall Semester

Introduction to the Pentateuch. Authored by Chien-Kuo Paul Lai. Edited by Wing Kwan Law. Published by Tien Dao publishing house. Hong Kong. 459 pp. HKD 135.

Summary

The book is an “epoch-making” (p13) Introduction which written by a Chinese Christian scholar. It consists of 7 chapters. The first chapter is designed for anyone who without a prior study of the Pentateuch, which addresses some basic concepts such as the meaning of the name; the nature; historical context; geographical context, and any other hot spots and focuses.

The second chapter “Modern Research of Pentateuch” discusses the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch; the exegetical presupposition of Protestantism; four influences on Biblical Criticism in post-Reformation period; three hypotheses on 18th and 19th century; Pentateuch Criticism in the 20 century; the influence of Archaeology of Pentateuch Studies; Canonical Criticism referred by Childs in 1970s; the crisis of J.E.D.P. , and New Literary Criticism. 继续阅读 »

【Book Review】The Puritans

Course: Reformation History
Professor: Rev. Dr. Luke Lu
Date: 2015 Spring Semester

The Puritans. Authored by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Translated by Christine Wong & K.H. Wong. Published by Elim Publication. 1993. 300 pp. HKD$50.00. Paperback.

Introduction

This 300 pages Chinese translation book — while the English version is 400 pages — is a collection of public speeches provided by a Welsh pastor at Puritan Studies and Westminster Conference between 1959 and 1978. The pastor’s name is one of the most notable and influential Reformed leaders in Protestant Christianity history, especially in the contemporary period. He is Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a son of a grocer, a Preacher, a medical doctor, and the minister at Westminster Chapel (George Morgan also served here, 1904–17 and 1933–43) in London. The idea for the Puritan Conference began with a Christian Union at Oxford University. In 1950, IVF, a Christian college student fellowship, invited some preachers to preach at Westminster Chapel (preface, vi). Since Lloyd-jones’s name appeared on the list, however, he was not regularly preached in the conference until 1959.

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【Book Review】God Has Spoken-God’s Inerrant Word

Course: Westminster Confession of Faith I
Professor: Rev. Dr. Luke Lu
Date: 2015 Fall Semester

God Has Spoken-God’s Inerrant Word. Authored and translated by Samuel Ling, Luke Lu, Ting Wu Lee, Anna Lee, James I. Packer. Edited by Samuel Ling. China Horizon Publishing.

Introduction

The purpose of the publication of the book, as the title refers, is in consideration of Evangelical Church today that urgently needs to be recovered by a confessional theology. Since the Scripture is the criterion of our theology, spiritual formation, Church Ministries, battle with those who attack truth… almost in every aspect of Christian life, one cannot be a confessional Christian without a Bible-central mind and one cannot say he or she is biblical central without acknowledging the infallibility of the Bible. Our Lord Jesus says: “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29, ESV).

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