Faculty publications

Twin Cultures Separated by Centuries

Andrew B. Spurgeon works directly from the Greek text of 1 Corinthians in a study of reverse-contextualisation, highlighting the commonalities between the contexts of Corinthian and Indian cultures and applying the epistle’s principles to Indian Christians today.
In this unique commentary, Spurgeon first presents Indian similarities to those in Corinth, moves on to biblical principles the Apostle Paul raises for the Corinthian church’s attention – especially where culture was in conflict with biblical standards – and finally reapplies these principles to the context of life in twenty-first century India.
This is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to study 1 Corinthians, showing that God’s Word is not only true, but is just as relevant centuries later as when it was written.


Andrew B. Spurgeon is a professor of New Testament Studies and holds a PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary, USA. He teaches as a visiting professor in India, Philippines, Nepal, and Singapore. He is the author of 1 Corinthians (Primalogue, 2012), Romans (ATA, 2013), and editor of Leitourgia (Primalogue, 2015), as well as Chairman of Publications for the Asia Theological Association. He and his wife Lori live and travel throughout Asia and have three sons.

Matthean Posteriority

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This book explores the Matthean Posteriority Hypothesis (MPH), a largely neglected solution to the Synoptic Problem which holds that the author of the Gospel of Luke used the Gospel of Mark as a source, and that the author of the Gospel of Matthew used both the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Luke as sources.


Dr. Robert K. MacEwen is a Lecturer of Biblical Studies and Director of the Chinese Theology Department at the East Asia School of Theology, Singapore. He received his PhD in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, USA.


Whither Christians in Civil Society in Singapore?

From Scripture and contemporary example like the AWARE saga, Dr. Kwa’s “Whither Christians in Civil Society in Singapore?” seeks to shed light on how Christians can engage in a secular, public realm. She will discuss what civil society is and how it manifests itself in the Singapore context. The discussion will also look at how religious persons, groups and religious views play a role in civil society. She will then suggest ways that Christians can and should engage in civil society, with civility and grace.


Kwa, Kiem Kiok. “Whither Christians in Civil Society in Singapore?” Church & Society in Asia Today 16, no. 1 (April 2013): 35-41. For journal info, please visit www.ttc.edu.sg or email csca@ttc.edu.sg.Dr. Kwa Kiem Kiok (PhD, Asbury Theological Seminary) is a resident faculty of EAST and teaches Inter Cultural Studies courses.


Contemporary Muslim and Christian Responses to Religious Plurality

Contemporary Muslim and Christian Responses to Religious Plurality
“One of the greatest challenges of our day is how committed Muslims and Christians can live together harmoniously with increased contact… Though recognizing the problems, Lewis Winkler has discerned enough harmony in the views of a significant thinker from each community to suggest a potential bridge for cordial interaction for the rest of us over the troubled political and religious waters that engulf the globe we share.”
—J. Dudley Woodberry, Dean Emeritus and Senior Professor of Islamic Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary


Dr. Lewis Winkler is a Lecturer of Theological and Historical Studies at East Asia School of Theology. He received his PhD in Systematic Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.



Bribery and the Bible

What does the Bible say about bribery and extortion? Dr Langston explores the age-old problem of bribery. Both the Old and New Testaments are examined to discover a biblical perspective on extortion and various types of bribes. Questions are suggested to evaluate whether a particular practice is actually a bribe in the biblical sense.

The e-book version is available for download or for reading online at MissionaryCare.com.


Dr. Rick Langston (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is an adjunct faculty of EAST and teaches Missions and Church Growth courses.