The Fall 2017 issue of the Midwestern Journal of Theology was released on Dec. 9, paying a special tribute—known as a festschrift—to a longtime faculty member. The festschrift, which is a collection of writings published in honor of a scholar, was dedicated to F. Alan Tomlinson, who has served as professor of New Testament and Greek at Midwestern Seminary for more than two decades.

“Throughout his 21-year classroom ministry at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Alan Tomlinson has consistently fulfilled the spirit of II Timothy 2:2,” said President Jason Allen. “His resolute commitment to the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of God’s Word, and his passion to transmit it rightly has been a consistent mark of Dr. Tomlinson’s ministry.

“He is a man known for his impassioned classroom presentations, his sacrificial devotion to students and, most of all, a humble and cheerful walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. These positive traits, and so many more, make Dr. Tomlinson a true luminary in the classroom–a man who will not be soon forgotten by his students or the generations who follow them. It is for these reasons he is honored with this festschrift today.”

The MJT’s fall edition, which was written predominantly by Tomlinson’s colleagues, friends, and former students, addresses topics dear to the heart of its honoree—particularly New Testament and linguistic studies.

“There are eight scholarly, and helpful, pieces in this issue, all of which are reflective of Dr. Tomlinson’s passion, the Word of God,” said MJT editor, Michael McMullen, who also serves Midwestern Seminary as professor of Church History. “Our penultimate piece is from the pen of Dr. John Lee, titled, ‘Sacrifice, Monotheism and Christology.’ The piece results from Lee’s research into these key areas of the Christian faith.”

Featured essays within the MJT include:
– “What is the Perfect State,” written by Todd R. Chipman, who is assistant professor of biblical studies at MBTS, is the MJT’s introductory article. The essay investigates linguistic aspects of the Epistle to the Hebrews.
– “The Pre-Eminence of Active Metaphors: Functional Linguistics and Earthen Vessels in 2 Corinthians 4:7” by C. Eric Turner, assistant professor of New Testament and Greek, at Hannibal LaGrange University, is an investigation into the use of metaphors in Scripture, especially in 2 Corinthians 4:7.
– “An Introduction to the Hermeneutics of Old Testament Narrative” by Dr. Trey Bechtold, MBTS assistant professor of biblical studies, introduces readers to the hermeneutics of Old Testament narrative.
– “Participating in the Life of God: Exploring the Trinitarian Foundation of 1 Peter’s Missional Identity” by Kelly D. Liebengood, associate professor of theology at LeTourneau University, explores the Trinitarian foundation of that epistle’s missional identity and in so doing, seeks to help his readers participate more fully, in the “Life of God.”
– “Wholeness in Intertextual Perspective: James’ Use of Scripture in Developing a Theme” by Darian R. Lockett, associate professor of biblical and theological studies at Biola University, steers readers toward another epistle, as he reveals how James uses Scripture in developing a theme.
– “Phoebe, the Letter-Carrier of Romans, and the Impact of Her Role on Biblical Theology” by Terry L. Wilder, professor of New Testament at Southwestern Seminary, shifts the MJT’s focus from biblical books to a study of a person, namely the letter-carrier, Phoebe. The essay is an analysis of her impact on biblical theology.
– “Listen to Him: The Exhortation of Matthew 17:5 in the Context of the Transfiguration Narrative,” by Thorvald B. Madsen III, MBTS’s dean of graduate studies, gives the very pointed challenge – ‘listen to Him’, as he carefully unpacks the exhortation given in Matthew 17:5, in the context of the transfiguration narrative.
– “Shalom and Khessed,” by Mark DeVine, associate professor of history and doctrine at Beeson Divinity School, is the final article, with a fresh analysis of the twin concepts of the Hebrew terms.

In addition to the scholarly articles, readers will find a number of relevant and thought-provoking book reviews.

Midwestern Seminary’s Provost, Jason Duesing, commented that, “This issue of MJT provides a rare honor for one called to serve as professor, and one richly deserved in the case of Dr. Tomlinson. His legacy at Midwestern is found in his transformative classroom lectures, and now also around the world as his students have taken their time in class with ‘Dr. T’ with them to the ends of the earth. I know I join many who smile on this day, grateful for the recognition of Dr. Tomlinson’s scholarly work and, even more, his ongoing life and ministry shared with the Midwestern family.”

Tomlinson has taught at Midwestern Seminary since 1995. His area of special interest within the field of New Testament studies is the Greek language within the context of ancient Greek and Roman history and culture.

In addition to his classroom responsibilities, he has contributed a chapter for the edited work, Entrusted with the Gospel (B&H Academic); study notes for 1 Corinthians in the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible, and also edited the translation of 2 Corinthians for the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Additionally, Tomlinson has presented papers at the Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting and published articles in journals and magazines. He is currently under contract with B&H Academic to co-write, For the Sake of His Name.
Midwestern Seminary’s Journal of Theology is available in print version for subscribers. To subscribe, contact Academic Office at (816) 414-3745 or kfreeman@mbts.edu.

Additionally, guests may view the issue in its entirety for free on the seminary’s website, www.mbts.edu/journal.