It is a tragic mistake to blame the Jewish people for the crucifixion of Jesus. True followers of Jesus are encouraged to speak out against this mistaken notion and oppose every expression of anti-Semitism.
Zondervan Academic recently introduced the New Studies in Dogmatics series, which is being positioned as an heir to G. C. Berkouwer’s Studies in Dogmatics. The stated intent of the series is “to offer concise, focused treatments of major topics in dogmatic theology that fill the gap between introductory theology textbooks and advanced theological monographs” (p. 15). Each volume addresses a different topic, and is being written by a different author. The inaugural volume in this series, The Holy Spirit, was recently released, having been penned by Christopher R. J. Holmes, an Anglican priest and a senior lecturer in Systematic Theology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.
As a legacy of the Soviet Union, many Central Asian Muslim peoples spoke and read Russian as their first language. If you gave them Scripture in their national language, they would accept it, but they couldn’t read it. But if you offered the Bible in Russian, which they could read, they would refuse it, because in the popular mind, the “Bibliya” is a Holy Book only for Russian people. How could we reach this Russian-speaking Muslim population, estimated at over 26 million people?
In appealing to the testimony of Scripture, Christians have largely agreed that there is no more foundational statement regarding the Bible’s ontological identity than this: Holy Scripture is the Word of God (Sacra Scriptura est Verbum Dei). This correlation is commonly referred to as the ‘Scripture Principle’. It is, in fact, this principle that undergirds the above conviction that Scripture is the primary theological source.
How could David best thank God for His intervention in his behalf? How could he let others know how God had delivered him? How could he encourage his fellow Israelites to share in his praise and worship of Almighty God?