The first volume, first issue of the new Journal of Theological Interpretation is finally here! I’m a kid in a biblical and theological candy store. Edited by Joel B. Green (a prof I didn’t take enough classes from in seminary–with so many, hard to get enough from everyone), the JTI addresses the conversational gap between academic biblical studies and theology–in academic study and in the practice of the community of faith, the Church.
Green writes in his inaugural Editor’s essay:
“A theological hermeneutics of Christian Scripture concerns the role of Scripture in the faith and formation of persons and ecclesial communities. Theological interpretation emphasizes the potentially mutual influence of Scripture and doctrine in theological discourse and, then, the role of Scripture in the self-understanding of the church and in critical reflection on the church’s practices.”
I’m excited. My own interests in ongoing theological study and reflection are at the intersection of NT studies and Early Church historical theology and how they inform our modern practices of spiritual formation of persons as disciples and of churches as missional communities who carry on the kingdom ministry announced and inaugurated by Jesus. I anticipate an excellent dialogue partner in this new publication.