Since I bear the brunt of editorial responsibility for this section of Horizons, I take this opportunity to propose some guidelines for future contributors here and to give an example in the pages which follow. The topics chosen for a survey of recent literature, I feel, should be substantive; the kind of topic that would normally be central to a college or university course. The presentation should aim at thematic continuity rather than discrete quantity. This means that not every book and article written in the last decade need be mentioned, and older works are not excluded; but an attempt is made to achieve a critical assessment of dominant trends in the topics chosen. So, the theology of this section will be research-oriented, as all good theology should be, but, given the predominant membership-interest of the CTS, it should be aimed at classroom courses, actual or possible.
Secondly, cooperation in contributions counts as additional value, in view of the growing need for interdisciplinary interest in most areas of theology today. A systematic theologian in particular, someone has said, is one who knows something about everything and everything about nothing. I therefore acknowledge my debt in the present piece to my colleague at the University of San Francisco, John H. Elliott, whose work in New Testament is well known to those who read the professional journals and monographs in that area, and who heartily agrees with me that our team-teaching in the classroom has been an indispensable aid to our own specialties. With these preliminary remarks I offer the following example to the critical view of readers and future contributors.