Monthly Archives: May 2012

An Inclusive Olive-Tree (Romans 11:11-24)

Lyle Story (American Theological Inquiry, pp. 85-97) presents, essentially, a non-supersessionist commentary on Paul’s “olive tree” metaphor. Although not a recently published article (2010), it presents a solid hermeneutical treatment of the Romans passage and is worth consideration for anyone interested in the supersessionist debate.

Ancient Bethlehem seal unearthed in Jerusalem

An ancient Bethlehem seal has been unearthed in Jerusalem. The discovery is the oldest reference to Bethlehem ever found outside of the Bible, and with each of these finds archaeological minimalism increasingly loses its credibility. See additional information at The Christian Post.

Book of Nehemiah Found Among Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS)

Portions of nearly every book in the Hebrew Bible were represented in the DSS except Nehemiah and Esther. The Biblical Archaeological Society has published a brief article stating that for the first time more than two dozen previously unknown scroll fragments will be published, including the first known fragment of Nehemiah.

Compassionate eating? Christians and vegetarianism

KEDS Dean of Students, Dr. Stephen Vantassel has a very interesting piece in the Evangelical Review of Society and Politics which should be of interest to students, especially those with a concern for animal welfare and ethical food production. Does the compassion of Christ really suggest that Christians should reduce animal suffering by abstaining from meat? And does the Bible have anything to say about factory farming? Dr. Vantassel, with Dr. Kloosterman, evaluates the claims made by Mark C. Halteman, (Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and Professor at Calvin College, a prestigious evangelical college in the U.S.), in Compassionate Eating published by the Humane Society of the United States.

They demonstrate that Dr. Halteman’s arguments calling Christians to increased adoption of vegetarianism lack logical necessity and fail to give due attention to all the available data. Vantassel and Kloosterman conclude that if there is a convincing argument in favour of vegetarianism, Dr. Halteman has failed to make it.

KEDS tutor on benefits, dangers of Internet

Tim LimStudents may be interested in an article by new KEDS tutor Timothy Lim Teck Ngern, published in The Christian Post (Singapore Edition) of 8th May 2012.

In the piece, Tim highlights the fact that although technology has given us great opportunities for making our views widely known, it has  also highlighted the need for us to be extra careful about what we say – and how we say it.

In a brief outline of his article, Tim writes:

In a global and technologically savvy economy, the Netizens’ (i.e., Internet Citizens’) free-flowing conversations (on blogs, chatrooms, and other social mediums) can quickly be turned into a doubled-edged sword, unless the free-spirited use of the media is tempered with an ethic of godly civility, recognizing at the same time, that we are deeply human in our engagements.

Drawing from a broad Christian philosophical-theological tradition, the article suggests a fourfold role for Christians engaging in a political-economy. While the contribution is contextual to recent social-political developments in Singapore, the suggestions nevertheless would have parallel value for the development of godly civility in any demographically and religiously pluralistic context.
The original article is available here.