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Dr. Elliott Johnson honored with Festschrift

During the DTS alumni breakfast at the ETS annual meeting, Dr. Elliott E. Johnson, senior professor of Bible Exposition, was honored with a festschrift titled, The Theory and Practice of Biblical Hermeneutics: Essays in Honor of Elliott E. Johnson (Lampion Press). H. Wayne House and Forrest S. Weiland (ThM, 1980; PhD, 2001) served as editors. The book recognizes Dr. Johnson for more than forty years of ministry at DTS, and for his influence in the field of contemporary biblical hermeneutics.

The work has contributions from president Mark Bailey (PhD, 1996) and Johnson’s present and former colleagues, and former students, including Weiland, Norman Geisler, Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Charles Baylis (ThM, 1989; PhD, 2005), Stephen Bramer (PhD, 1997), and Stephen S. Kim. E. D. Hirsch provided the forward. Several of the chapters intend to demonstrate the theory and method advanced by Johnson in Expository Hermeneutics: an Introduction and many of his other essays.

Below is a list of essays included in the book:

  1. Meaning-Types and Text-Tokens: An Examination of the Relationship bewteen the Biblical Text and Its Meaning / Nathan Hoff
  2. The Task of Recognition, or How to Read a Text / Tom Bulick
  3. Is an Objective Interpretation of the Biblical Text Possible? / Norman L. Geisler
  4. Biblical/Theological Arguments that Lend Support to E. D. Hirsch’s Original Claim Regading Objective Hermeneutics / Forrest Weiland
  5. Human Limitations, the Hermeneutics of Suspiciion, and the Holy Spirit’s Ministry of Illumination / Paul R. Shockley
  6. How is Christ revealed in the Old Testament? / Charles P. Baylis
  7. A man to emulate: Twenty-first century servant-leader of a first-century narrative type / Jonathan Murphy
  8. Pauline exegesis in Galatians 3:16: preposterous imposition or profound insight / Mark A. Ellis
  9. The very right of God: the meaning of Luke 13:1-9, and criticism(s) of John Piper’s view of the role of God in tragedy: a narrative analysis / Eric C.
  10. The use of Isaiah 7:14 in Matthew 1:22-23 / David Klingler
  11. Hot and soft spots in discerning the literary design of Luke 9:51-19:27 / Mark L. Bailey
  12. Should we preach Christ from the New Testament back into the Old Testament? / Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
  13. Jesus’ “But I say to you” in the Sermon on the Mount: a new Law, a new interpretation of the Law, or an old interpretation of an old Law / Stephen Bramer
  14. Seeing the risen Messiah from the Psalms: inerrancy and insight in Acts 2 / Greg V. Trull
  15. The significance of the new covenant in the New Testament / Alexander R. Gonzales
  16. Acts 15 and the purpose of Acts: a model of contextualization? / Steve Strauss and Ken Baker
  17. The Christological and eschatological significance of Jesus’ second sign-miracle in the fourth Gospel: healing of the official’s son in John 4:43-54 / Stephen S. Kim
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