Recent books authored or edited by Andrews University Faculty
The Norwegian Ancestry of Johannes (John) Larson (1886-1957); From the Bakken Subfarm, Guggedal Main Farm in Rogaland County, Norway to the Suldal Norwegian Settlement in Juneau County, Wisconsin
Lawrence W. Onsager
The Johannes Larson family is part of the Norwegian-American settlement in southern Juneau County, Wisconsin, which became known as the Suldal Norwegian-American settlement because the overwhelming majority of the settlers came from the Suldal Parish in Rogaland County in western Norway. The connection with Suldal, Norway began in 1850 with the coming of Johannes Larson’s great uncle, Knut Ormson, to settle in Lindina Township. The Suldal Norwegian-American settlement is located in the triangle formed by the communities of Elroy, Mauston, and New Lisbon, in the townships of Fountain, Lisbon, Lindina, and Plymouth.
In 1864, Johannes Larson’s grandfather, Lars Osmundson, a renter on the Bakken subfarm under Guggedal and a former school teacher, led a party of 50 people from Suldal. They came on two sailing ships which left Stavanger on May 4, 1864 and arrived in Quebec on June 2, 1864. Traveling from there to Chicago, they were settled in Juneau County by June of 1864.
This genealogy is part of a larger prosopographical study of the Suldal settlement, The Juneau County Bygdebok, A Genealogy of the Norwegian Settlers, 1850-1950. This study attempts to identify all of the Norwegians who settled in Juneau County, Wisconsin between the first settlement in 1850 and approximately 1900. The identified families are traced one generation back into Norway and their descendents are traced to about 1950.
Prosopographical research has the goal of learning about patterns of relationships and activities through the study of collective biography. Prosopography is interested in the details of individuals' lives and relationships not only with family but also with in-laws, friends, clients, business contacts and so forth. Even one-time contacts may be important.
An example of such a study is described by Robert Anderson in his article “The Joys of Prosopography: Collective Biography for Genealogists,” in American Ancestors, volume 11, pp. 25-7, where he discusses applying the principles of prosopography to genealogical research in his Great Migration Study project, which has attempted to identify all those Europeans who settled in New England prior to 1635.
John C. Peckham
If God is all-powerful and entirely good and loving, why is there so much evil in the world? Based on a close canonical reading of Scripture, this book offers a new approach to one of the most troubling challenges facing Christian theism: reconciling the Christian confession of a loving God with the realities of suffering and evil. John Peckham offers a constructive proposal for a theodicy of love that upholds both the sovereignty of God and significant human freedom. Peckham suggests that God's love is at the center of a cosmic drama that provides significant insights into the problem of evil. The author shows how Scripture points toward this cosmic conflict framework for thinking about God's character of love in relation to the world. Professors and students of theology, philosophy, and apologetics will value this work.
Contents 1. The Problem of Evil and the Free Will Defense 2. Love, Evil, and God's Unfulfilled Desires 3. The Cosmic Conflict Framework 4. The Nature of the Conflict and Rules of Engagement 5. Evil Defeated but Not Yet Destroyed 6. Evaluating the Theodicy of Love Indexes
Serbian translation of Plain Revelation, Andrews University Press: Berrien Springs, MI, 2012
“I am the Alpha and the Omega” (Revelation 1:8, NASB).
Of all the books in the Bible, the book of Revelation has provoked the most interest and curiosity. Yet, for many Christians, it is the most obscure book of the Bible. Ironically, the book titled Apocalypse, meaning “revelation or unveiling,” has become a symbol of confusion and incomprehensibility. Strange images and frightening scenes described in the book have deterred many from trying to decipher its messages.
Even so, Revelation clearly states that it was written to be understood. However difficult they may be to fully grasp, when understood properly, the prophecies of Revelation serve a practical purpose: to teach us how to live today and to prepare us for the future. Studying them should make us better people, motivate us to take our destiny seriously and inspire us to try to reach others with the gospel message. They provide assurance that no matter what the future brings, God is in control.
Yvonne M. Terry-McElrath, Curtis J. VanderWaal, Alina M. Baltazar, and David J. B. Trim
There is a wide range of possible avenues for using policy-related research to improve the public good, and there is a need for new, vigorous involvement in such research that contributes to society as a whole: the majority as well as the marginalized, the academic as well as the general public, and the religious as well as the secular. This volume honors the policy-related research contributions of one individual who has dedicated his career to such research: Duane Calvin McBride, PhD.
Andrew C. von Maur, Troy Homenchuk, and Andrews University School of Architecture & Design
Umbumbulu is positioned to be a model for strong rural communities and offers opportunities much of Durban can’t offer: a place to grow food, a place to retreat and be refreshed by nature, and a place to build a prosperous future for self-reliant young people authentically rooted in their traditional culture and community. Umbumbulu is the future of eThekwini.
Richard Davidson, Ekkehardt Mueller, and Joel Iparraguirre trans.
La interpretación de la Biblia no es solamente para los especialistas, sino que es accesible para cualquiera. Esto quiere decir que todos deben leerla y comprenderla, desde aquellos que dedican un tiempo a su devoción personal, hasta los lideres de iglesia, pastores y estudiantes de seminario.
Este práctico libro nos ofrece diez pasos a seguir para explorar la riqueza de la Palabra de Dios. Nos permite descubrir, además:
1. La importancia de las Escrituras como autoridad de fe.
2. La Biblia como su única interprete.
3. Un método eficaz y correcto de estudio e interpretación.
4. Consejos valiosos para evitar errores.
5. La función que desempeña el Espíritu Santo en el estudio de la Biblia.
EL objetivo de esta obra es proporcionar herramientas útiles que enseñen a los estudiosos de la Biblia, cómo deben abordar la Palabra de Dios. La Biblia se debe interpretar y necesita, sin duda, una hermenéuticasóloda para la exposición del texto, de modo que se pueda explicar correctamente.
Kathleen Demsky and Carey Carscallen
Denis Fortin and Ellen Gould Harmon White
125th anniversary edition
The Old Testament law is foundational for our understanding of the Bible, but for many it remains some of the Old Testament's most foreign and exotic material. This book by a leading evangelical expert in biblical law helps readers understand Old Testament law, how it functioned in the Old Testament, and how it is (and is not) instructive for contemporary Christians. The author explicates the often confusing legal system of ancient Israel, differentiates between time-bound cultural aspects of Israelite law and universally applicable aspects of the divine value system, and shows the ethical relevance of Old Testament law for Christians today.
Estamos despreparados para enfrentar o atual desafio missionário. Somos uma igreja que emergiu de uma realidade rural, mas que agora é confrontada com um mundo urbano. Mas os problemas não param por aí, hoje enfrentamos uma sociedade na qual as afirmações da verdade não fazem sentido para um número cada vez maior de pessoas, que chamamos de "pós-modernidade".
O presente livro será um guia para aqueles que procuram meios de navegar no novo campo da missão urbana pós-moderna, buscando maneiras de pregar a verdade bíblica. há muitos anos de pesquisa erudita por trás desta obra, porém, o autor colocou seu aprendizado em prática, fundando a Comunidade Nova Semente. Na presente obra temos o fruto desses anos de estudo e práticas.
Searching the Scriptures: Andrews University Seminary Emerging Scholars Pay Tribute to Their Professors
Slavisa Milodar Jankovic
The purpose of this project is simple. In writing these essays each author wishes to offer a tangible expression of appreciation and gratitude to those professors who have invested their time in teaching them the value of studying Scripture. Each one of the professors represented has greatly influenced the authors’ understanding of the Biblical text, and for this they are forever indebted to them. This festschrift recognizes the scholarship of the following professors: Drs. Richard M. Davidson, Jiří Moskala, Roy Gane, Ranko Stefanović, Paul Gregor, and Thomas Shepherd.
S. Joseph Kidder and Chen Zhang trans
"How did the early Christians leave such a profound impact on their world? And how can we, 2,000 years later, follow in their footsteps? The Big Four thoroughly explores four key secrets that not only made the early church a success but also produced thriving Seventh-day Adventist churches that are rapidly growing the kingdom of heaven. No matter who you are, The Big Four's inspiring stories and practical, proven methods will equip you to experience personal and collective revival, ultimately leading to powerful ministry and evangelism." [from 2012 English edition]
George R. Knight
Known for their provocative approach, George Knight's books have a wide readership around the world. Adventist Authority Wars, Ordination, and the Roman Catholic Temptation, following his usual style, raises denominational issues that many would like to keep buried. He not only raises the issues but points to possible solutions.
Here are a few issues you will want to watch for:
- Why did the earliest Adventists fear organized denominations?
- Why did the General Conference not want union conferences?
- Where did the Roman Catholic Church begin to go wrong?
- In what ways is Adventism in danger of following the same path?
- What is the fuss if pastoral ordination is not even a biblical topic?
- How have some sincere Adventists inadvertently demonstrated that Ellen White is a false prophet?
- What interpretive breakthrough allowed James and Ellen White to move beyond explicit Bible teaching on organizational issues?
George K. Knight is a retired professor of Church History at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, where he taught for 30 years. Prior to that he served the church as a pastor, elementary and secondary teacher, and school administrator. He has written and edited nearly 100 books in such fields as Adventist history, Ellen White studies, philosophy of education, and biblical studies. His most recent titles are Gospels in Conflict: Paul's Letter to the Galatians and Romans: Salvation for "All," the companion books for the Sabbath School lessons for the last two quarters of 2017.
Giorgia Lanzaroni, Elizabeth Lesnes, and Randall Younker
In queste pagine Salemi vuole raccontare di sé, dei suoi luoghi e del suo patrimonio artistico e culturale. Da qui la volontà degli autori di recuperare l’identità della città attraverso una sintesi degli studi storico-archeologici e artistici del territorio. Ad arricchire il volume, le schede dei luoghi, dei monumenti e dei siti archeologici più rappresentativi della città, corredate da fotografie storiche e recenti poste a confronto.[From publisher's catalogue]
Ben A. Maguad and Robert M. Krone
" Higher education is capturing headlines across America, but not always for what some consider the right reasons. As tuition costs have out-paced the cost of living and student debt has soared, debates rage over whether a college degree provides a good return on the student’s investment of time and money. Within the context of the current unsettled educational environment, Professors Maguad and Krone’s work is a welcome resource. The authors, in the opening chapter, identify the principles that have guided the Quality Movement in industry and business and apply them to the world of higher education. Drawing from their years of experience in the classroom, their participation in the business world, governmental agencies, and their long-standing involvement in the Quality Movement, Maguad and Krone provide an overview of the Quality Movement and identify the people who influenced its growth and contributed to its success. The brief biographies of those who have been associated with the Quality Movement in America and other countries give life to the movement. The contributions each person has made to the Quality Movement and the effect these people had on industry, business and government are a balance to the world of theory and hypothesis." From review by Lawrence G. Downing
Signs are everywhere and are clear that we are heading toward uncertainty. People are speculative on either our immediate or long-term future. Our life situation is deteriorating momentarily. We admit that we are in a crisis. The author addresses our contemporary plight by drawing our attention to the final moments of ancient Israel on their forty-year journey from Egypt to Canaan. The author focuses on this historical biblical event and draws practical lessons that amazingly impact people today who are living in the very last stages of the earth’s history. He shows that we can learn from past history and avoid the impending consequences. We are living in the time of the end. Just like ancient Israel camping by the Jordan River, ready to cross over, we are just on the brink of eternity. There is a need for readiness for our own transition into heaven. The inquisitive mind on how things shall turn out will find in this book helpful insights that inspire hope and preparedness for the future.
When Martin Luther King, Jr., marched on Selma, wrote a defense of civil disobedience from a Jail in Birmingham, and proclaimed his dream of racial equality on the steps of the Lincoln memorial, was he acting in the tradition of his namesake, the 16th century Protestant reformer Martin Luther? Were their connections to the unfolding stream of Protestant history merely historical accidents? Were they both just responding to the universal human resolve to stand for conviction and truth?
To ask the question more broadly, did the Protestant Reformation play any positive role in the development of human rights in the west?
The 500th anniversary of the publication of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses in 1517 is a perfect time to reflect on these questions. 500 Years of Protest and Liberty traces a direct line from Martin Luther’s powerful ideas about the equality of persons before God to more current debates about equal opportunity and the fundamental rights of humanity. Along the way, it asks tough questions about where the protestant church is headed today.
Most important, 500 Years of Protest and Liberty is a reminder that Martin Luther’s powerful ideas, which shaped our thinking as Christians today, call us back to the fundamental principles of our Christianity.
"Five centuries ago, when the bodies of men belonged to the king and their souls to the church, there were resounding libertarian voices whose echoes remain: the voice of the reformers. They proclaimed the ancient truths of the Bible, above all, five postulates that came to be known as "the five alone": saved only by grace, only by means of faith, only by the sacrifice of Christ, belief in Scripture alone, and the glory be only to God.
Soon, the Bible was being read by the people, and its benefits were incalculable. The nations where these postulates were accepted knew freedom and progress.
In the short book, with ownership and simplicity, Dr. Ricardo Norton develops these concepts and puts these benefits within the reach of his readers."
"This book brings to light the biblical truth about music and worship. Adriana Perera's insight is clear, deep, close-up and Bible-based."
Tiago Arrais, Kenneth Bergland, and Michael F. Younker
Scripture and Philosophy presents a collection of essays by students of Dr. Fernando Canale. They cover a wide spectrum of philosophical and biblical issues related to his work. Edited by Tiago Arrais, Kenneth Bergland, and Michael F. Younker.
Table of contents: Introduction / Michael F. Younker with Tiago Arrais and Kenneth Bergland -- Life sketch of Fernando Canale / Silvia Canale Bacchiocchi -- Part I: Understanding the vision : An introduction to Canale's criticism of theological reason / Sven Focker -- Divine passibility, analogical temporality, and theo-ontology: implications of a canonical approach / John C. Peckham -- Hermeneutics of doctrine and theological deconstruction: the contribution of Fernando Canale for doctrinal studies / Adriani Milli Rodrigues -- Narrowing the hermeneutical circle: Fernando Canale on reason, revelation, and truth / Zane Yi -- God's involvement in inspired-biblical-language in selected works of Vern Poythress and Fernando Canale / Iriann Marie Hausted -- Canale's utilization of phenomenology: analyzing its problems and perspectives / Oliver Glanz -- A study of Canale's historiography / Rodrigo Galiza -- The biblical sanctuary motif in historical perspective / Denis Kaiser -- From metaphysics to templephysics: situating the significance of Fernando Canale's contributions for the 'Christian Philosopher' / Michael F. Younker -- Part II: On the horizons of the vision : Reading as a disclosure of the thoughts of the heart / Kenneth Bergland -- The influence of macro-hermeneutical assumptions upon biblical interpretation: a brief evaluation of the historical grammatical method / Tiago Arrais -- Scripture authorizing doctrine: a case study from the Epistle to the Hebrews / Kessia Reyne Bennett -- Biblical hermeneutics at the onset of Christianity: a comparison between the Alexandrian and Antiochene schools of interpretation / C. Adelina Alexe -- Luther in the eucharistic debates: sola scriptura or divination of man? / Silvia Canale Bacchiocchi -- What makes humans human? Personal ontology in the creation narrative of day six (Gen. 1:24-31) / Marla A. Samaan Nedelcu -- Philosophy, theology, and language: Ludwig Wittgenstein and Fernando L. Canale / Moises Estrada -- Postmodernism and Heidegger's critique of modernity / Christian Wannenmacher -- Velocity and technique in the contemporary era: understanding the mediatic logic through Martin Heidegger / Tales Tomaz -- The collateral effects of the delay of Jesus' Parousia on the message, mission, and worship of the church / Elmer A. Guzman
P. Gerard Damsteegt
Eine der am schnellsten wachsenden Religionsgemeinschaften heutzutage sind die Siebenten-Tags-Adventisten, und dieses Wachstum hält dank ihrer weltweiten Missionsstrategien unvermindert an.
Dr. Damsteegt liefert eine umfassende und detaillierte Studie über Ursprung und Entwicklung der wichtigsten Glaubenslehren, die den Anstoß für diese Mission gebildet haben. Er betrachtet die frühe Geschichte der Gemeinde im Umfeld des religiösen Amerikas des 19. Jahrhunderts und beschreibt innerhalb dieses Rahmens, wie die Siebenten-Tags-Adventisten zu den biblischen Argumenten kamen, mit denen sie ihre Existenz begründeten.
Mit seinen umfangreichen Quellenangaben und den Anhängen einschließlich eines Teils mit vielen Begriffsdefinitionen bildet dieses Buch einen herausragenden Beitrag zum Studium der Geschichte und Theologie der STA. (Publisher web site)
Collection of photographs and artwork in expression of appreciation to Marco Rostan, who acted as a guide to students of the Andrews University School of Architecture and Interior Design on their tours of Waldenses sites in Piedmont, Italy.