UNIO CUM CHRISTO ARTICLES

Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016


CALVIN AND LATER REFORMED THEOLOGIANS ON THE IMAGE OF GOD

SEUNG-GOO LEE - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
Even though John Calvin, in contrast with other theologians, presented a biblical view of the image of God, several aspects of his thought raise questions, including his language about the body as the prison of the human soul and his view of women as the image of God in a subsidiary sense.

EDITORIAL: TEXT AND TEXTUALITY

PAUL WELLS - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
The first issue of Unio cum Christo in this pre-Reformation celebration year of 2016 presents the captivating issue of the text of the New Testament.

HISTORICUS PRACTICUS: CALVIN’S USE OF JOSEPHUS IN THE COMMENTARIES AND LECTURES

WILLIAM DEN HOLLANDER - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
This article contributes specifically to the filling in of a lacuna in scholarship regarding the reception of Josephus’s writings among the Reformers and contributes generally to investigations into the humanist scholarship of the Reformation.

HUMANISM AND THE BIBLE: THE CONTRIBUTION OF JACQUES LEFèVRE D’ÉTAPLES

STÉPHANE SIMONNIN - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
The French humanist Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples (ca. 1460–1536) enjoyed in his lifetime a notoriety second only to Erasmus himself. His numerous works of biblical scholarship, his commentaries and homilies, and his translation of the Bible into French make him one of the most significant forerunners of the Reformation in Europe.

INTERVIEW WITH DR. RICHARD B. GAFFIN JR.

PETER A. LILLBACK - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
It is a privilege today to interview Dr. Richard B. Gaffin Jr. He has been a professor for many years at Westminster Theological Seminary here in Philadelphia, known for his work in New Testament, biblical theology, and systematics.

MEREDITH G. KLINE ON COVENANT COMMUNITY AND CANON

MEREDITH M. KLINE - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
Meredith G. Kline supported conservative views of canon by arguing that ancient Near Eastern treaties and Deuteronomy contained canonical clauses, meaning that their texts were authoritative for the vassal community when they were written, as were biblical books performing functions governing that community.

PRACTICAL PRINCIPLES FOR CHURCH LEADERS AND CHURCH MEMBERS FROM HEBREWS 13

ALBERT J. COETSEE - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
In The Final Chapter Of His Letter, The Writer Of Hebrews Charges His Hearers To Remember, Imitate, Obey, And Submit To Their Leaders.

SCRIPTURE, MISHNAH, AND CONFESSIONS

PAUL R. GILCHRIST - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
“Scripture, Mishnah, and the Confessions” examines the rabbinic sayings of the Pharisees at the time of Christ, the “oral law of Moses” that ultimately was written down in a.d. 200. These Mishnaic interpretations thought to apply the Old Testament to their new culture.

THE ENLIGHTENMENT BIBLE IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA (1812–1831): ARCHIBALD ALEXANDER’S APPRAISAL

ANNETTE G. AUBERT - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
This essay addresses the pioneering biblical scholarship of Archibald Alexander (1772–1851), the founding father of Princeton Theological Seminary, in the contexts of biblical criticism and the academic Bible that were being discussed and created at German universities.

THE IMPACT AND INFLUENCE OF ERASMUS’S GREEK NEW TESTAMENT

PETER J. GOEMAN - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
Although often eclipsed by the giants of the Reformation, Desiderius Erasmus had a notable influence on the Reformation and the world that followed.

THE NEW PERSPECTIVE ON ABRAHAM?

GERHARD H. VISSCHER - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
Paul is not the only one in need of re-analysis, according to some scholars. Abraham, in their view, was not just the first Jew but also the first Gentile, and his role in Romans 4 has more to do with being a Gentile than it does with his being the father of the Jewish people.

THE PAULINE CANON AND GNOSTICISM

PETER JONES - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
Gnosticism and canon are as different as contemporary theological liberalism and biblical orthodoxy! Indeed, the latest versions of liberalism seek to create a “new” view of Christianity shorn of any notion of creed or canon and based precisely on the faith of their ancient Gnostic counterparts.

THE SERMON AND THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT

R. KENT HUGHES - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
This article is a primer for pastors on how to engage the Greek text of the New Testament and faithfully construct a sermon that is true to the thrust and shape of the original in its ancient context and, as such, freighted with gospel power and wholly relevant and applicable to modern cultures.

THE XIMENEZ POLYGLOT

FRANCES LUTTIKHUIZEN - in Vol. 2 No. 1 / April 2016
The Ximenez Polyglot Bible was part of a larger educational project—the University of Alcalá—implemented by Cardinal Cisneros at the turn of the sixteenth century in order to revive learning and encourage the study of the Scriptures.