European Journal of Theology Issue 30.2 (October 2021)

October 21, 2021   •   journal

European Journal of Theology Issue 30.2 (October 2021)

This issue of the European Journal of Theology has the smell of the Low Countries. It so happens that most articles are somehow connected to The Netherlands and Belgium, and two even interact with the Dutch phenomenon of pillarisation.

Dutchman Jan-Martijn Abrahamse investigates how various Dutch newspapers responded to the 1954 evangelistic rally of Billy Graham in Amsterdam; he shows how the person of Graham overcame much of the initial scepticism. Addressing another form of scepticism and prejudice, Cornelis van der Kooi – a Dutchman again – argues that the Neo-Calvinism of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck is an important worldview which is highly relevant not only for the USA but for the Netherlands as well.

The Dutch theologian Henk van der Meulen presents a theological portrait of the German professor Helmut Thielicke (1908-1986), and so offers another article which shows that the thinking of the past has continuing relevance for the present. The Flemish-speaking Belgian scholar Geert Lorein provides an overview over the diverse views in Jewish writings from the intertestamental period on the relationship between believers and the society in which they live. Many of these views are recognisable and challenging for us. Geert is also our featured author. Thomas Christensen from Norway argues that Luke’s presentation of Jesus and the Kingdom of God entails a restoration of the twelve tribes of Israel, with the Gentiles incorporated into this eschatological Israel.

Once again the issue concludes with the book reviews, prepared under the responsibility of review author Hans Burger. Now published by Amsterdam University Press (AUP), the European Journal of Theology has a fresh new look which has received many positive appraisals. AUP is offering the Journal at a reduced price to subscribers in many countries. The advertised rate only applies to subscribers in Western and Northern Europa, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada; the reduced rate in the rest of the world.

Dr. Pieter Lalleman
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland