The Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies (hereafter, JBTS) is a broadly evangelical, interdenominational journal committed to publishing current scholarship across biblical and theological disciplines. Biblical and theological themes have been the focus of every issue to date. Within biblical studies, examples include the Israelite Monarchy and Pauline Studies, and within theological studies, examples include Christianity and the Philosophy of Science and the Catholicity of the Church. This iteration, JBTS 6.2, marks the first volume dedicated exclusively to a Christian theologian and scholar. This shift in focus prompts at least two questions: why dedicate a volume to a singular figure, and why focus upon Herman Bavinck?
To find out read JBTS 6.2:
JBTS 6.2 Herman Bavinck (1854-1921): A Centenary Celebration (Full Issue)
- Introduction to Herman Bavinck (1854-1921): A Centenary Celebration by N. Gray Sutanto and Justin McLendon
- Herman Bavinck on Antirevolutionary Politics by George Harinck
- Planting Tulips in the Rainforest: Herman and Johan Bavinck on Christianity in East and West by James Eglinton
- Encyclopedia Bavinck: The Case of the History of the Theological Encyclopedia by Greg Parker
- Jesus the Law Restorer: Law and the Imitation of Christ in Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics by Jess Joustra
- Bavinck’s Doctrine of God: Absolute, Divine Personality by Gayle Doornbos
- Dogmatics: A Progressive Science? by Cam Clausing
- Revisiting Bavinck and the Beatific Vision by Cory C. Brock
- Christology and Economic Ethics: Herman Bavinck’s Prophet, Priest, and King in the Marketplace by Matthew Kaemingk
On behalf of the editors of JBTS, we wish to express our gratitude to Dr. N. Gray Sutanto, Assistant Professor of Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, for his dedicated work on this issue. In 2019, McLendon approached Sutanto about assembling contributors for a 2021, JBTS Bavinck Centenary issue. Upon accepting the invitation, Sutanto secured contributors, provided editorial feedback as the articles came together, and championed the project through to completion. In sum, he was a constant encourager and disciplined colleague. Though Sutanto does not have an article in this issue, his name and scholarly work appears within the footnotes throughout the volume. Sutanto is a first-rate scholar, one whose ongoing scholarship on Bavinck illuminates critical issues of current engagement. Future Bavinck researchers will benefit from Sutanto’s scholarship, and his commitment to this volume evidences his desire to engage and support Bavinck studies. Throughout the process of assembling this issue, Sutanto’s professionalism and collegiality has been graciously offered and warmly received.