From the Editor
The Bible-the Word of God written-has always been central to the curriculum at Biola University, and is the bedrock of Talbot's educational mission. Perhaps it is the quality of Talbot's Biblical Studies faculty that first draws students to Talbot; certainly learning from them prepares graduates fro various ministries of preaching and teaching the Word.
Insight into the background world of the Bible's stories, coming from archaeological, linguistic, cultural, sociological and literary studies, aids the expositor in bringing the Bible to life and making its lessons relevant to today's audience. But ministry is a busy place, and it's hard to keep up with recent discoveries in these background fields. In this issue of Sundoulos, two of Talbot's younger faculty share examples from their research which illustrate how understanding Bible backgrounds can assist our interpretation-and therefore our exposition-of the text. They also offer a sampling of accessible, up-to-date resources you might want to consider adding to your library.
May these articles challenge and encourage you as you fulfill the sacred charge to teach accurately the Word of God.
Sundoulos is published by the Talbot Alumni Association for the purpose of ministering to and communicating with alumni and friends of Talbot. All rights reserved. No material can be reproduced without the permission of the Sundoulos editorial staff.
The Talbot journal, Sundoulos (soon'-doo-los), is designed to serve those who have graduated from Talbot and are in full-time ministry. Sundoulos grew out of an influx of requests for some kind of continued support for alumni as they finished their coursework at Talbot. In 1993, it joined with the Alumni newsletter and received a new format. Dr. Bob Saucy was instrumental in the creation of the journal and describes it as “a way we could bring the fruit of the faculty to alumni.”