【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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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 »

【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 »

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