From the Editor
To paraphrase Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, former president of Notre Dame university, the seminary is where the church does its thinking.
At Talbot, while preparing men and women for ministry has primacy, the faculty regard scholarship as a very important part of our ministry. Not only do we wish to stay abreast of contemporary work in related fields of study, but we believe that we can make a vital contribution by articulating and defending Talbot’s historical doctrinal commitments, and so help to shape the thinking—and so the practice—of the church.
Publishing articles and books is part of the ministry of scholarship. But many (perhaps most) publications begin as papers delivered at scholarly meetings. The Annual Meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society represents the largest gathering in which our faculty participate, and in the past decade it has been exciting to see that Talbot faculty presenting papers almost always outnumber all other evangelical seminaries. While Talbot definitely does not have a “publish or perish” culture, faculty regularly do research and writing.
This issue offers you very condensed versions of the ETS papers of just four of some 20 faculty papers read at this year’s ETS meetings in New orleans. You should appreciate the effort these scholars put into reducing their papers, generally in the range of 6,000-7,000 words, to the 1200 word range for this issue. Full versions of the papers are available from the authors.
I trust that these articles will be helpful, and also encourage you to pray for Talbot faculty as we engage in the ministry of scholarship.
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.”