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Fall 1988 · Vol. 17 No. 2 · p. 2 

From the Editors: Interpretations Beyond Chapter and Verse

Allen R. Guenther

Where does one go to discover “Christian” answers for questions which appear not to have been asked by the writers of the Scriptures or, perhaps, were asked in ways which seem strange because they are so different than ours? That is the concern which guides us in presenting the following articles.

Bryan Born raises and addresses the question: does the Scripture not also teach much by the way it presents its material as well as by the explicitly stated development of a theme? John 3 serves as a test case.

Paulette Taylor-Wingender, a first generation Christian who recently became a mother, tackles the theme of child conversion. Her analysis of a very familiar text in Matthew leads her to surprising (for Anabaptists) conclusions.

Diane Payette-Bucci draws on the analogy of celibacy, using 1 Cor. 7, to explore the contemporary issue of voluntary childlessness.

We also welcome as a new editor and contributor, John P. Schmidt, Academic Dean of Columbia Bible College. CBC has become one of the sponsoring institutions and we look forward to a warm collegial relationship with writers from among their faculty.

We hope that the publication of the indexes for the years 1978-88 will make the back issues more accessible.

Allen R. Guenther

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