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Book Review: Christobiography, Jeffery S. Gates Apr 2020

Book Review: Christobiography, Jeffery S. Gates

Library Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Narratives In Conflict: Atonement In Hebrews And The Qur'an, Matthew A. Bennett Nov 2019

Narratives In Conflict: Atonement In Hebrews And The Qur'an, Matthew A. Bennett

Faculty Books

Did Jesus die on the cross for our sins as the Gospels describe? Or, as Muslims often contend, was Jesus rescued to heaven in order to avoid the shameful crucifixion that would be unbefitting of a messenger of God? This debate has raged for generations and has caused no shortage of frustration among those seeking to explain the central teaching of the Christian faith to those influenced by the Qur’an. What this book aims to do is uncover four barriers to understanding the biblical teaching on atonement that likely exist in the minds of our Muslim friends prior to ...


Chronicles As The Intended Conclusion To The Hebrew Scriptures, Peter E. Shields May 2019

Chronicles As The Intended Conclusion To The Hebrew Scriptures, Peter E. Shields

Channels: Where Disciplines Meet

This paper seeks to demonstrate an intentional placement of the book of Chronicles at the end of the Hebrew Bible in order for it to function as the theological summary of the Old Testament canon. An overview of a canonical approach to Scripture is given, starting with a proposed explanation for the final shape of the Hebrew Bible, namely that it is a composed theological book. External witnesses are examined, and each option for the books placement within these witnesses are evaluated. The internal evidence within the text itself is also evaluated in order to infer the intentions of the ...


The Speech Act Of Naming In Context: A Linguistic Study Of Naming In The Old Testament, Lauren Yost Dec 2018

The Speech Act Of Naming In Context: A Linguistic Study Of Naming In The Old Testament, Lauren Yost

Channels: Where Disciplines Meet

This research sought to study the act of naming in the context of the Old Testament using speech act theory. To analyze naming as presented in the Old Testament, I first studied the Hebrew words qārāʾ and šēm, creating from my findings the following extended definition: (naming is) the act of giving a name within particular specified circumstances by one with authority over the name-receiver, whose authority is respected by others such that the name spoken is hence used to identify and represent the receiver. This, along with an understanding of Alston (2000) and the example of Arcadi (2013), shaped ...


Book Review: Revelation, Brandon Smith Dec 2018

Book Review: Revelation, Brandon Smith

Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Finishing The Task? A Cautionary Analysis Of Missionary Language, Matthew A. Bennett Oct 2018

Finishing The Task? A Cautionary Analysis Of Missionary Language, Matthew A. Bennett

Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, technological advances and transportation opportunities have made it conceivable for the first time in history that a single generation of Christians might be able to both access and evangelize all of the world’s peoples. To this end, missionary agencies have employed mottos such as “Finish the Task” to rally Christians to complete the work of world evangelization. Often such efforts are connected to Matt 24:14 where Jesus promises that the gospel of the kingdom will be preached to all nations before the eschaton. Such mottos imply that the missionary task is ...


The Ipuwer Papyrus And The Exodus, Anne Habermehl Jul 2018

The Ipuwer Papyrus And The Exodus, Anne Habermehl

The Proceedings of the International Conference on Creationism

Controversy surrounds the Ipuwer Papyrus, an Egyptian manuscript residing in the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, Netherlands. On the one side are those who claim that this manuscript describes chaotic conditions in Egypt at the time of the biblical Exodus. On the other side are those who deny this on the basis of disbelief that the Exodus ever took place, or who claim that the date of the events described in the manuscript are wrong for the Exodus. In this paper we show that this ancient document most likely describes Exodus conditions; and that the Ipuwer Papyrus therefore ...


Exegetical Analysis Of Psalm 104:8 And Its Possible Implications For Interpreting The Geological Record, William D. Barrick Jul 2018

Exegetical Analysis Of Psalm 104:8 And Its Possible Implications For Interpreting The Geological Record, William D. Barrick

The Proceedings of the International Conference on Creationism

This paper performs a detailed exegesis of Psalm 104:8 and its context (Psalm 104:5–10) in the original Hebrew to identify the timing and nature of the events about which the psalmist writes. The exegetical analysis includes the text’s poetic structure and devices, as well as its grammar and vocabulary. That interpretive process results in some significant implications. The analysis of Psalm 104:8 in its context supports a possible reference to a global cataclysmic Flood. Therefore, the psalmist’s declaration that “The mountains rose; the valleys sank down” might correspond with tectonic activity during and after ...


A Commentary On The Book Of The Twelve: The Minor Prophets, Michael B. Shepherd Jun 2018

A Commentary On The Book Of The Twelve: The Minor Prophets, Michael B. Shepherd

Faculty Books

The books of the twelve Minor Prophets are some of the least studied by Christians today, but they contain some of the great themes of Scripture, such as God's mercy and judgment, His covenant with Israel, the day of the Lord, and the coming of the Messiah. Arguing for a canonical unity that recognizes the Minor Prophets as one cohesive composition, Michael Shepherd explains the historical meaning of each verse of the twelve books and also provides guidance for application and preaching. Pastors, teachers, and serious students of Scripture will find a wealth of insights for understanding the Minor ...


The Accomplishment Of Biblical Theology On Atonement, Braydon Pape Apr 2018

The Accomplishment Of Biblical Theology On Atonement, Braydon Pape

Channels: Where Disciplines Meet

This paper presents a brief overview of the biblical theological theme of atonement. This paper attempts to demonstrate that atonement is a central theme by using biblical theological tools to show its connection to the canon. Specifically, this paper observes the work of Leviticus and Hebrews, looking at the Day of Atonement and its relationship to Christ's atonement presented in Hebrews. This is accomplished through looking at specific aspects related to the atonement such as sacrifice and priesthood that allow the intertextual connections to be seen and demonstrated. These connections aid one in seeing atonement as a key biblical ...


What Did God Say? A Critical Analysis Of Dynamic Equivalence Theory, Katelyn R. Fisher Apr 2018

What Did God Say? A Critical Analysis Of Dynamic Equivalence Theory, Katelyn R. Fisher

Linguistics Senior Research Projects

This paper is a critical analysis of Eugene A. Nida’s theory of dynamic equivalence as it relates to Bible translation, largely through a comparative study of select passages from the biblical genres of poetry, proverbs, and Pauline epistles. In addition, a brief survey distributed to 72 students at Cedarville University provides both qualitative and quantitative data regarding which English Bible version they prefer and why. Identifying Nida’s contributions to translation studies and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of his theory in practice serves to provide implications for believers who are seeking to discern which English version is the ...


The Speech Act Of Naming In Context: A Linguistic Study Of Naming In The Old Testament, Lauren Yost Apr 2018

The Speech Act Of Naming In Context: A Linguistic Study Of Naming In The Old Testament, Lauren Yost

Linguistics Senior Research Projects

This research sought to study the act of naming in the context of the Old Testament using speech act theory. To analyze naming as presented in the Old Testament, I first studied the Hebrew words qārāʾ and šēm, creating from my findings the following extended definition: (naming is) the act of giving a name within particular specified circumstances by one with authority over the name-receiver, whose authority is respected by others such that the name spoken is hence used to identify and represent the receiver. This, along with an understanding of Alston (2000) and the example of Arcadi (2013), shaped ...


Nehemiah’S New Shadow: Reading And Rereading The Ezra-Nehemiah Narrative, Ched E. Spellman Apr 2018

Nehemiah’S New Shadow: Reading And Rereading The Ezra-Nehemiah Narrative, Ched E. Spellman

Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications

Ezra-Nehemiah is sometimes interpreted as a positive portrayal of the return of Israel from exile. Ezra 1 begins with a prophetic expectation of return and restoration. However, the conclusion of the book in Nehemiah 13 emphasizes that although the people have rebuilt the temple, restored the walls, and repopulated Jerusalem, they have still failed to keep the demands of the Mosaic covenant. The sober tone of this final chapter prompts a rereading of the narrative as a whole. Rereading the book in light of the conclusion highlights a distinct pattern of tensions throughout the story. A central textual strategy of ...


Daniel J. Estes, Daniel J. Estes Feb 2018

Daniel J. Estes, Daniel J. Estes

Oral History Project

No abstract provided.


Book Review: Wrestling With Isaiah, Randall L. Mckinion Jan 2018

Book Review: Wrestling With Isaiah, Randall L. Mckinion

Administrative Personnel Publications

No abstract provided.


Book Review: Crucifixion And New Creation, Mark D. Owens Aug 2017

Book Review: Crucifixion And New Creation, Mark D. Owens

Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Book Review: Esv Reader's Bible, Ched E. Spellman Aug 2017

Book Review: Esv Reader's Bible, Ched E. Spellman

Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


40 Questions About Church Membership And Discipline, Jeremy M. Kimble May 2017

40 Questions About Church Membership And Discipline, Jeremy M. Kimble

Faculty Books

Addresses forty of the most common and thorny questions about church life. Does church membership mean more than simply joining a social group? Does the church have a responsibility to discipline its members--and if so, what does that look like? Recognizing the many puzzling questions about the critical role of the church in the life of believers, Jeremy Kimble addresses forty key points. Each section considers questions of theology, ministry, and practicality, such as:

  • Is there a New Testament precedent for membership?
  • How does membership relate to baptism and communion?
  • Who should become a member?
  • How is discipline related to ...


Book Review: Using The Bible In Practical Theology, Jeffery S. Gates Apr 2017

Book Review: Using The Bible In Practical Theology, Jeffery S. Gates

Library Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Mutations: Evolution's Disappointment, Georgia (Hickman) Purdom Mar 2017

Mutations: Evolution's Disappointment, Georgia (Hickman) Purdom

Alumni Publications

No abstract provided.


Creation In The Classroom, Thomas S. Mach Mar 2017

Creation In The Classroom, Thomas S. Mach

Administrative Personnel Publications

No abstract provided.


Adam And Eve In History: A Theological Necessity, Thomas White Mar 2017

Adam And Eve In History: A Theological Necessity, Thomas White

Administrative Personnel Publications

This article is an excerpt from Thomas White’s September 16, 2016, presentation during the “In the Beginning: Creation and Your Biblical Worldview” conference September 15–16. During the first half of White’s presentation, he laid the biblical foundation for the theological necessity of Adam and Eve, highlighting texts throughout the Old and New Testaments in order to display the comprehensive witness of Scripture to a historic Adam and Eve. This excerpt provides the implications of this biblical foundation. Listen to his full remarks at cedarville.edu/creation.


Young Earth Flood Geology In The Grand Canyon, John H. Whitmore Mar 2017

Young Earth Flood Geology In The Grand Canyon, John H. Whitmore

Science and Mathematics Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Justification By Faith: A "Both-And" Approach, Rodrigo N. Reis Nov 2016

Justification By Faith: A "Both-And" Approach, Rodrigo N. Reis

Channels: Where Disciplines Meet

The Pauline doctrine of justification is a prevailing subject among biblical scholarship today. Especially, as a New Perspective on Pauline literature rises claiming that Luther was wrong in his view of Justification, since he was blinded by his own context forcing it into his interpretation of the Pauline text. Consequently, the reformed view cannot be right since it interprets the doctrine of justification mainly through soteriological lens, whereas the Apostle had only ecclesiological purposes in mind when addressing the subject. In light of the previous thought, the purpose of the article is to criticize the New Perspective’s exclusive method ...


Think God's Thoughts After Him, Jeremy M. Kimble Sep 2016

Think God's Thoughts After Him, Jeremy M. Kimble

Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


A Linguistic Comparison Of Biblical Greek And English: How Should The Adverbial Participle Be Translated?, Sarah C. Nickchen Apr 2016

A Linguistic Comparison Of Biblical Greek And English: How Should The Adverbial Participle Be Translated?, Sarah C. Nickchen

Linguistics Senior Research Projects

This paper combines the two fields of linguistics and biblical Greek studies in a scientific study of original research. Linguistics can be defined as “the scientific study of the language systems of the world” (Black, 1995, 5). Biblical Greek studies focus on analysis of the original New Testament text. Semantics (the meaning of words and phrases) is one subfield of linguistics, and the focus of this paper. The Greek adverbial participle is the most versatile Greek participle. The English adverbial participle is much less versatile. Thus, this paper focuses on adverbial participles in Greek and English in order to determine ...


Exclusivity Of The Gospel In Real Life, Clem Boyd Apr 2016

Exclusivity Of The Gospel In Real Life, Clem Boyd

Staff Publications

No abstract provided.


Book Review: A Vision For Preaching, Jeremy M. Kimble Apr 2016

Book Review: A Vision For Preaching, Jeremy M. Kimble

Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


The Scribe Who Has Become A Disciple: Identifying And Becoming The Ideal Reader Of The Biblical Canon, Ched E. Spellman Apr 2016

The Scribe Who Has Become A Disciple: Identifying And Becoming The Ideal Reader Of The Biblical Canon, Ched E. Spellman

Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications

The literary notion of “implied reader” invokes a series of hermeneutically significant questions: What is it? Who produces it? and How can it be identified? These questions naturally lead to a further query: What is the relationship between this implied reader of a text and an actual reader of a text? This type of study is often associated primarily with reader-response theory and purely literary approaches. However, the concept can help uncover an often-neglected aspect of biblical interpretation, namely, the role of the reader. If biblical authors envision certain types of readers, then identifying the nature of this “implied audience ...


The Reformers' Interpretation Of Jesus' Teaching On Divorce And Marriage, Jason K. Lee Apr 2016

The Reformers' Interpretation Of Jesus' Teaching On Divorce And Marriage, Jason K. Lee

Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.