【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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My Seminary Application Personal Statement

The seminary which I apply is Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Essay 1: What is your “Christian Experience/Story of conversion?” And where you are now/what you are learning?

I was born in a town of Heilongjiang, a far northeast province of China. When I was in the elementary school, my grandmother bought me a series of books on western history. In one of these books I read about the life of Jesus Christ, the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, and some stories of Roman Catholicism in the “Dark Age” (e.g. The Crusades). Afterwards, my mother also bought me some western literary writings such as Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island, who quoted a verse “For every one who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Matt. 7:8), and Dante’s Divine Comedy, as well as Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece Ressurection, in which he quoted a chapter from the Gospel.
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【Book Review】Christ Alone

Course: Reformation History
Professor: Rev. Dr. Luke Lu
Date: May 8, 2015

Christ Alone. Authored by Rev. Dr. Luke Lu. RTF Publishing (Taiwan). 2014. 136 pp. NTD$250.00. Paperback.

Introduction

This book is written in the culture of modern Chinese church which not merely bounds with disordered controls of the Reformed Christian beliefs but also attacked by humanism thoughts, like a perish of the true Gospel content, “spiritual vision” and secular philosophical methods and ideas. The author Rev. Dr. Luke Lu is well-known as a Chinese reformed leader in 21th century, his three degrees in Christian religion (M.A. in Biblical Studies, Th.M. in New Testament, Ph.D. in Theology and Historical Studies) are all from a conservative and prestigious reformed theology centered seminary —— Westminster Theological Seminary. With a rich education and ministry experience 继续阅读 »

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