Vol. 3 No. 3 (1959): 98


The present issue of the Restoration Quarterly is being sent from a new address. The change is due to our business manager’s moving to Villanova, Pa., to become head of the Bible Department at Northeastern Institute for Christian Education. NICE is to be congratulated for having secured the services of Dr. Harrell. Everett Ferguson, who has contributed several articles to this journal, also has joined with other dedicated men in the beginning of this new school.

The offering in this number includes the first part of a background article on Gnosticism and the Early Church. The second part of the article will appear in Vol. 4, No. 1. This article is by Abe Malherbe who has made special study in the field of Gnosticism. Much new information is forthcoming in this area and this article is timely.

Don H. McGaughey and Harold O. Forshey are both ex-students of Abilene Christian College and have been doing graduate work in Harvard University. McGaughey's article attempts to illustrate that the different theological schools of thought may be summarized by a study of the presuppositions of the men who laid the foundations for such schools. The doctrine of original sin is an old battleground, but the battle is still going on. Forshey's article helps to set the rise of this doctrine out of the background of the early church in proper perspective. It is significant that the idea was not current in the second century.

The other major article is a response to a recent article on the text of the story of the woman taken in adultery. Roy B. Ward's article goes further than the article of Earle McMillan to attempt to ex­plain the origin of the section.

Hester J. Gruber, who reviews the book of Wuest, has the A.B. and M.A. degrees from Indiana University and the Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College with a major in Latin and minor in Greek and ancient history. She was Instructor in Classics, U. of Missouri, 1942-44, Head of Latin Department, Walnut Hill School, 1944 to present and Dean from 1955 to present of same school.


We are very happy to announce that Abraham J. Malherbe, the executive secretary of the Restoration Quarterly, has recently been honored with a post graduate scholarship by Abilene Christian College for outstanding service by one of its graduates to the Restora­tion Quarterly. The award was made possible through the gen­erosity of a friend of both the college and the Quarterly. Abe was selected as the recipient by a committee at the college. The award is for $1000 and will be used during the next calendar year by the recipient to further his research in his special field of the study of Gnosticism.


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