Issue 28.1 of the European Journal of Theology contains six major articles and the usual book reviews. Torsten Uhlig offers a detailed presentation of recent study of the Pentateuch with the help of three important books. He shows how little agreement there is about almost every aspect of the origins of the ‘Books of Moses’. Christoph Stenschke investigates the connections between early local Christian churches according to 1 Thessalonians. He gives special attention to the roles of Silas and Timothy in this respect, as they are rooted in local churches and represent important links between the churches.
Ronald Michener appropriates insights from Radical Orthodoxy to argue that creation should neither be reduced to a mere product of God nor regarded as identical to God. He argues that Christians have a duty to cherish, guard and care for creation as participants of God’s gift of revelation. Beate Schmid analyses the recent rise of populism in Austria which is connected with migration and globalisation. As an Austrian citizen, she finds the rise of populism and the incipient racism cause for concern. She probes how churches in Austria can respond and act as agents of ethnic reconciliation.
Benjamin Giffone explores the introduction of mediating technologies into worship, such as trade, the codex and unfermented grape juice. On this basis he argues that Scripture and church history offer resources to assess the effects of electronic technologies (like smartphones) on our worship and reading Scripture. Finally our FEET Committee member, Pavel Cerny, argues that the Church is indispensable in God’s plans. She may not have a good reputation in society, yet she is not a relic of the past but a substantial part of the gospel.