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 »

【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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【Book Review】Here Also I Stand

Course: Reformation History
Professor: Rev. Dr. Luke Lu
Date: March 23, 2015

Selected Works of Martin Luther: vol 1 & 2. Authored by Martin Luther. Translated by Ching Yu Hsu & Christopher Tang. Published by Chinese Christian Literature Council Ltd. 1986. 456pp. HKD$120.00, HKD$120.00. Hardcover.

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. Authored by Roland H. Bainton. Translated by Loren L. J. Ku and Petrous Luk. Edited by Dr. Paul Hu and S. F. Yong. Published by Taosheng Publishing House. 1993. 480pp. HKD$180.00. Paperback.

Introduction

Firstly, all of these two books are in relation to a laudable German 继续阅读 »

Church History Feedback on March 10, 2015

Course: Reformation History
Professor: Rev. Dr. Luke Lu
Date: March 10, 2015

As Romans 11:36 says ” For from him and through him and to him are all things”, this piece of verse shows that as a christian, we should not treat our gospel mission separately, besides, I also do not in agreement with these ‘without Christ’ social gosple movements, like Rev. Lu lectured, they only have the spiritual and moral aspect of Christ.

The second part is ABC theology, the absorbing term might be originated by Rev. Lu, he gives us a new perspective and approach to understand the salvation progress of Roman Catholic Church.

【Book Review】 John Calvin: Commemorating Calvin’s 500th Anniversary

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

John Calvin: Commemorating Calvin’s 500th Anniversary. Translated by Rev. Charles H. Chao. Edited by Helen Lin and Christina Hsu. RTF Publishing (Taiwan). 2008. 320 pp.US$10.80, paper.

Introduction

The publication of the book is in consideration of Calvin’s 500th Anniversary in 2009 and this is the only one. It is a selection which consists of five parts contributed by at least seven writers including both western theologians and Chinese Reformed leaders. Furthermore, the translator Rev. Charles Chao dedicates nearly fifty years of his life to Chinese Reformed translation ministry, and Chao plays a significant role in modern Chinese Reformed church history.
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