Biblical Studies

The Mediator - Volume XIII, Issue 1 December 2017


The Mediator’s present issue features the installation speeches of five APNTS faculty members (Dick O. Eugenio, Phillip E. Davis, Daniel Behr, Rebecca Da-vis, and Lynn D. Shmidt) and the inauguration address of APNTS’s seventh president, Dr. Bruce E. Oldham.Naturally, the six inducteesrepresent six different academic disciplines.One would expect, therefore, that the articles in the present issue would exhib-it a pronounced lack of cohesion.


Eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: Exorcisms of Scripture and the Bible as Evil Text

Building upon Paul Tillich's analysis of demonic politico-theological structures and Marilyn McCord Adams' treatment of "horrendous evils," this article explores the Bible's capacity to effect existential ruin when incorporated within theological systems that demand fanatical obedience from adherents.


A Girardian Reading of Violent Imagery in Revelation

René Girard's theories on the mimetic relationship between violence and religion and the genesis and maintenance of culture have had a profound impact on many disciplines. The Colloquium on

Landmarks on the Road to the Kingdom

Author, Editor, Compiler, etc.: 
H. Ray Dunning

Table of Contents:

Holy Living in a Pagan Context: Studies in First and Second Peter

Author, Editor, Compiler, etc.: 
H. Ray Dunning



First Peter

Part One - Indicatives of Identity and Blessing
     Chapter 1 - Resident Aliens (1:1; 2:11)
     Chapter 2 - God's Chosen People (1:2)
     Chapter 3 - Salvation Benefits (1:3-5)
     Chapter 4 - The New Temple (2:4-8)
     Chapter 5 - The New Israel (2:9-10)

Aemilia Lanyer’s Defense of Women

In Salve Deus Rex Judæorum, Aemilia Lanyer uses the Bible as a literary source in order to offer her own interpretation of Biblical material. Due to the Bible’s universal and authoritative reach in her British society, Lanyer uses Scripture as common ground to look at from her unique female perspective.


BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! Interpreting Words and Images in Revelation.

The purpose of this essay is to suggest that Revelation could be interpreted as a series of images and sounds, rather than as a text, full of words. I have not done a full content analysis, but a quick review yields a number of clues to sensory images: “Revelation” itself is a visual term. The book itself was meant to be read aloud “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it.” Rev. 1:3. One problem with a purely linguistic interpretation is the details.


Bible Studies for Children: 1 & 2 Samuel

Welcome to Bible Studies for Children: 1 & 2 Samuel! In this collection of biblical studies, the children learn about God's holiness and his faithfulness to his people, even when they made a bad choice. Bible Studies for Children: 1 & 2 Samuel is one of six books in the Bible Studies for Children series. These studies help children to gain an understanding of biblical chronology and the meaning of biblical events. As the children learn about the lives of the people in these studies, they discover God's love for all people and their place in his plans.

Bible Study Lessons for Adults

There are two qualities to be a Sunday School teacher: You must love God and love people. The most important thing you need to do is to help the students in your class experience the love of God.


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