ST 101: Digest 2

Course: Prolegomena
Professor: Dr. David Garner
Semester: 2016 Fall
Grade: 99%

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics (ed. by John Bolt; transl. by John Vriend; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003), 1:353–85.
         In this passage, Bavinck refutes naturalism (rationalism) and Roman Catholic supernaturalism, which are two ways that wrongly interpret the meaning of the doctrine of revelation. In the first place, Bavinck uses the reformational view to prove Roman Catholic supernaturalism to be erroneous. In the second place, Bavinck points out the scriptural interpretation of revelation as a contrast to rationalistic naturalism.
         To begin with, Bavinck argues that Roman Catholic supernaturalism misinterprets the difference between the natural and the supernatural. Then Bavinck gives nuances to the two terms, saying that nature tends to be a more broad meaning that it encompasses the range of all the visible and invisible world, which draws a distinction between the natural and the supernatural. 继续阅读 »

CH 221: Online Lectures Summary

Course: Ancient Church
Professor: Dr. Carl Trueman
Semester 2016 Fall
Grade Pass/Fail

         In the first lecture, Dr. Trueman focuses on the topic of the doctrine of inerrancy of the Bible. He points out three notions. The first notion is inscripturation. Inscripturation is the idea that God’s revelation can itself be expressed adequately in a verbal form, and Scripture itself points to the phenomenon that nothing is more fundamental to God’s identity than the fact that he speaks. There are three elements to this point: church government, or the structure of the church; the rule of faith; and Scripture, which is the standard and the foundation.Second, the notion of inspiration refers to Scripture as inspired and spoken by the Spirit. As Dr. Trueman stated, the Apostolic Fathers believed the dictation theory of inerrancy. They put the Scripture in relation to the existence of God. 继续阅读 »

ST 101: Digest 1

Course: Prolegomena
Professor: Dr. David Garner
Semester: 2016 Fall
Grade: 97%

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】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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