ST 101 Prolegomena: Digest 1

Course: ST 101 Prolegomena 
Professor: David Garner
Semester: 2016 Fall

Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1994), 3–26.
          In chapter one, Vos discusses what Biblical Theology is and how he does Biblical Theology. Vos defines Biblical Theology as “the process of the self-revelation of God deposited in the Bible” (Vos, 5). First, Vos discusses the relationship between the revelation-process and the redemptive process, saying that they co-exist, yet the revelation-process ceases earlier than the redemptive process. By distinguishing the “objective and central” (Vos, 6) aspect and the “subjective and individual” (Vos, 6) aspect of redemption, Vos thinks that now revelation is only in relation to the “objective and central” (Vos, 6) redemptive process because the revelation in Scripture has ceased, yet the revelation in Scripture also largely affects the “subjective and individual” (Vos, 6) redemption. Second, Vos connects act revelation and word revelation. 继续阅读 »

Theological English Weekly Writing Quiz

Course: Theological English (In MTE)
Teacher: Pierce Hibbs

The Writing Section in Theological English Course Weekly Quiz. We were required to complete 7 or 8 multiple-choices questions and the writing section within 20 minutes. I post my answers(after correction) below. If you answer like this, you will get a perfect score in the writing section in the TE weekly quiz. 

TE Week 1 Quiz (June 3, 2016)
In a brief paragraph (2-3 sentences), define the Creator-creature distinction and explain the role (purpose) of revelation with regards to it. After you have written your paragraph, underline the adjectives you have used.

Because of the distinction between Creator and creature, we are not able to know or acquire any true knowledge of God. However, God reveals himself by the means of revelation, whereby a bridge is built between him and human beings. Even though our nature and characteristics 继续阅读 »

Synthesis Homework: Trusting in the Bible as God’s Word

Course: Integrated Skills
Teacher: Megan Reiley
Grade: 51/55

Both Piper and the Calvin passage talk about topic of the self-authenticating of the Scripture from a different perspective. Piper mainly addresses the topic by using the testimony of Christ. From a different perspective, Calvin mainly illustrates the topic based on the testimony of the Spirit. First, Piper says that the Scripture is self-authenticated because he found that all Pauline epistles bear witness to Christ, and Christ proofs his life and ministry based on the authority of the OT. Second, Piper presents that the Gospels vindicates a same Christ and Christ based his whole life on the OT. He believes that what did Moses say are inspired by the Spirit. Third, Piper presents that Christ himself testifies that all OT are a verse from Genesis is spoken by God, even though the verse does not explicitly says that it is the word of God. Fourth, Piper says that Christ believes that all of the OT will be fulfilled. Fifth, 继续阅读 »

Critical Thinking Final Exam

Course: Critical Thinking (In MTE)
Grade: 92%
Teacher: Trent Coker

The time limit is 1.5 hours. No materials are permitted except ESV bible and Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

1. What is the “traditional Christian” view of Scripture?
According to selection 1, the “traditional Christian” view of Scripture claims that the New Testament is inspired by God and it is the standard of Christian religion. Also, the whole bible is God’s word and has authority over Christian religion.

2. According to selection 1, the problem is that it is not the central information of Christianity. He supports his claim by presenting that the traditional view is not accept as a universal church creed in the period of early church. Many early Christians even had never heard about the NT.

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Biblical Model of Change Synthesis

Course: Reading and Writing
Teacher: Megan Reiley
Grade: 55/55

Synthesis on the question, “How does Dr. Powlison’s story illustrate the model of biblical change?”

Both Dr. Powlison 1 and the reading passage “How People Change” 2 discuss the process of changing people’s heart in a biblical way. The first theme of the reading passage is “heat,” in which it points out that all of us may meet difficulties in our daily lives. Accordingly, Dr. Powlison presents his personal experience, in which he tells us that he had a heart injury. In addition, the second theme of the reading passage, “thorns,” says that people always show ungodly reactions when they confronting situations. In other words, people always focus on their secular needs. Similarly, Dr. Powlison points out that the injury would have caused a negative effect to his regular career. Furthermore, the third part of the reading passage 继续阅读 »

【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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