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ETSC ThM students Present Thesis Proposals

Today, Master of Theology (ThM) students of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo presented their thesis proposals. Rev. Eshak (Isaac) William Estafanous is going to write on the theme of “following Christ” in the theologies of Herman Bavinck and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Rev. Emil Anwer Salib is going to write on the serpent of Genesis 3. … Continue reading ETSC ThM students Present Thesis Proposals

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Idealism and Realism: A Letter from Karl Barth to Hendrik Willem van der Vaart Smit

The following is a letter from the famous Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886–1968) to Hendrik Willem van der Vaart Smit (1888–1986), a—somwehat controversial—student of the Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck (1854–1921). The letter is kept in the H. W. van der Vaart Smit Archives, Historical Documentation Center for Dutch Protestantism (1800 to the present day), University … Continue reading Idealism and Realism: A Letter from Karl Barth to Hendrik Willem van der Vaart Smit

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Attend SBL Synoptic Gospels Session in Cairo

Invitation Dear friends of Biblical Studies, Herewith I kindly invite you to an evening of Biblical Studies at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo on Monday November 24, 2014 from 6.30pm to 10.00pm. During this evening, there will be a live video connection between the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in … Continue reading Attend SBL Synoptic Gospels Session in Cairo

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150th Anniversary of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo

The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (ETSC) writes about its 150th anniversary: We Celebrate . . . One hundred International Guests will be joined by Egyptians from throughout the Synod of the Nile on November 13 and 14 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (ETSC). The … Continue reading 150th Anniversary of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo

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A Strange Moment in the Reception History of Psalm 146

According to Mark Water, ed., The New Encyclopedia of Christian Martyrs (Alresford: John Hunt, 2001), 908–9, when James Hannington (1847–1885), bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa on behalf of the Church Missionary Society, wanted to travel to Uganda, “he found himself reading words from Psalm 146[:9], ‘The Lord preserveth the strangers’” and “took this to be … Continue reading A Strange Moment in the Reception History of Psalm 146

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Master of Theology (ThM) in Egypt

  From fall 2014 onwards, the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo offers the following master programs: Master of Theology (ThM) This is a one year full-time or two year part-time program of 36 credits. It is an advanced program both for Egyptian and for international students. Applicants should already hold a Master of Divinity or … Continue reading Master of Theology (ThM) in Egypt

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Neo-Calvinism, Roman Catholicism, and Reformed Catholicism

September 4 and 5, 2014, a conference will be held on Neo-Calvinism (Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck, Gerrit Berkouwer et al) and Roman Catholicism. The meeting will take place in Rome and is organized by the Archive and Documentation Centre, the Historical Documentation Centre at VU University, New College at University of Edinburgh, and Kampen Theological … Continue reading Neo-Calvinism, Roman Catholicism, and Reformed Catholicism

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The Turning of the Tide: Ramez Atallah on the Current Situation in Egypt

“In my lifetime I have never seen such openness to Christians in Egypt” and “we do not want to align ourselves uncritically with hatred or discrimination towards any human beings”—these are two sentences from the message that Ramez Atallah, director of the Bible Society of Egypt, wrote on January 29, 2014: The Turning of the … Continue reading The Turning of the Tide: Ramez Atallah on the Current Situation in Egypt

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Comments on Eric Bristley’s Guide to the Writings of Herman Bavinck

Bristley’s Guide to the Writings of Herman Bavinck offers among other things an overview of Bavinck’s life and work, a Bavinck bibliography, and an overview of secondary literature, both in English and in Dutch. Bristley has updated J. Veenhof’s older bibliography of Bavinck’s works (published in Bremmer, Herman Bavinck als dogmaticus, 425–46; additions in Bremmer, Herman … Continue reading Comments on Eric Bristley’s Guide to the Writings of Herman Bavinck

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Nine Questions and My Answers to Them

John Kenyon of the Institute for Global Church Studies asked me a number of good questions in his Facebook group. Below his questions with my answers.Christians and the Situation in Egypt 1. Are you free/comfortable to talk about the current political situation in Egypt and how the Church there is responding?First of all, my Egyptian colleague … Continue reading Nine Questions and My Answers to Them