The emblem of Scott Christian University, shown on the cover, features the Mumbu tree, a historic and cultural landmark on the University grounds. The Mumbu tree is used by AJET as a symbol of the gospel in Africa. The good news of Christ, like the Mumbu tree, is ageless, enduring and firmly rooted in African soil.
AJET is published twice a year by Scott Christian University, a chartered private university in Kenya, in order to provide theological educators and students with evangelical articles and book reviews related to theology and ministry in Africa.
Scott Christian University (Scott Theology College), the publisher of AJET, has been accredited by ACTEA since 1979 and has been chartered as a private university by the Commission for Higher Education in November 1997. SCU offers university level theological education with concentrations in Pastoral Studies, Christian Education and Missiology. A Master of Education is also offered.
AJET is indexed in Christian Periodical index; New Testament Abstracts (Cambridge MA); Religion Index One: Periodicals, published by the American Theological Library Association, Chicago; Theology in Context (Institute of Missiology, Germany); and in DIALOG Abstracts (Cambridge MA). AJET is indexed in the ATLA Religion Database, published by the American Theological Library Association, 300 S. Wacker Dr, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60606, USA, Email:
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Dr. Paul Bowers, Managing Editor, BookNotes for Africa
Prof. James Kombo, DVCAA, Daystar University, Nairobi
Prof. Samuel M. Ngewa, Professor of Biblical Studies, African International University
Dr. Richard Gehman, Former Editor of AJET
Dr. Gregg Okesson, Dean of the E Stanley Jones School of World Evangelism,
Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky
Prof. Paul Mumo Kisau Publisher, Vice-Chancellor of Scott Christian University
Dr. Andrew G. Wildsmith, Editor, Lecturer, Scott Christian University
Dr. Jonathan Mwania, DVC for Academic Affairs, Scott Christian University
Dr. Bernard Nzioka, Head of Department, Lecturer, Scott Christian University
Dr. Jamie Viands, Lecturer, Scott Christian University
All rights to the AJET articles and book reviews are reserved by Scott Christian University (Scott Theological College) and may not be reproduced without prior written permission from the editor.
Viewpoint of Articles and Reviews
The AJET Editorial Committee invites previously unpublished articles by evangelical scholars, and book reviews written from an evangelical perspective for publication.
AJET journal is published twice a year by Scott Christian University (Scott Theological College) (Reserve copyright).
The purpose of the journal is to strengthen the African church by providing original, well thought out and/or reflected articles on a variety of topics including biblical, theological, missional, pastoral, educational, historical, leadership, African Christianity, contextualization, and ministerial issues, especially those with implications for ministry on the African continent. It also provides book reviews on new and recent books thus creating awareness of these books for its readers. These articles and book reviews are intended to benefit theological educators and students in institutions of higher theological education.
The opinions expressed in the articles and reviews are those of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors or sponsors.
Schools and individuals from all over the world currently subscribe to AJET.
Guidelines for Writing and Submitting Articles to AJET
The following criteria are used to screen all articles before publishing:
Theology: The theological reflection must be based on the authority of Scripture and written from an evangelical perspective.
Relevance: Articles written should be relevant to and reflect on problems, issues and topics the African Christian church is grappling with today whether from traditional African culture and/or contemporary society.
Scholarship: Articles should reflect serious original scholarship based on library and/or field research, contributing to the respective academic disciplines, usually with no less than ten bibliographic references. The English composition should be accurate and readable, without the need for extensive editing. Chapters from theses or dissertations should be re-written for the purposes of a self-contained article with clear thesis and argumentation.
Format: Electronic (soft) copies are the easiest to deal with in today’s world. The article should be written in MS Word or a program fully translatable into Word. The preferred Font is Arial 10 for the main text, or Times New Roman 11, if Arial is unavailable. Titles and headings will be reformatted to comply with the AJET Style Guide. Please ensure that full documentation of every source used, including sources from the Internet, appears at the end of the article. Footnotes are preferred and these should follow the guidelines of a scholarly publication – we recommend the Chicago/Turabian style manual.
If the article contains Hebrew, Greek or other specialized, non-English fonts please ensure these are Unicode fonts and embedded in an accompanying PDF copy of your article to avoid printing problems. Download the free Unicode Cardo fonts on the Tyndale House website, if necessary - www.TyndaleHouse.com.
Length: All articles normally should be between 3500 and 8000 words. Longer or shorter articles are considered on their individual merits.
Biographic Information Requested: Authors should include a brief biographic sketch of their present vocational work, together with the last degree obtained and the name of the institution from which the degree was obtained.
Submission: Please submit your article to AJET by email attachment to:
. Please include (a) your name; (b) your postal address; and (c) the date. This is for our records, so that you can receive your complimentary copy of AJET. Please direct all enquiries, including for articles, reviews and subscriptions, to the same email address. If at any time you decide to withdraw your article or review from consideration at AJET, please do so by email as soon as possible to avoid embarrassing and unexpected publication.
Back Issues Back issues are available on request. The cost of back issues for the past three years or less is the same as the subscription rates. The cost of back issues prior to 2001 is at a reduced rate.
Guidelines for Writing Book Reviews
1.1 Bibliographic information.
Be sure to give full bibliographic data, including:
(a) author(s) or editor(s)
(c) series or editions, if applicable
(d) place of publication
(e) publisher and date of publication
(f) number of pages
(g) whether hardback or paperback
(h) pricing (see below)
1.2 Ordering information:
It is important that you state the price, in the original currency and in US dollars, if known. Amazon.com may be helpful in establishing a US dollar price. If the publisher is not well known, please add any available postal address or other contact information useful for ordering, such as an email address.
1.3 Author information.
As much as possible, include brief information about the author(s): his or her location and/or the academic institution where he or she is; academic degrees, and particularly significant previous publications.
2. Main Text of the Review:
The review should be a critical summary, analysis, and evaluation of the book. The text of an AJET review should normally be between 750 and 1250 words in length. Exceptions may be allowed for substantial titles. Reviews should consist of description and assessment.
Every review should provide a concise description of the content and/or aim of the book. The description should clarify the scope and delimitation of the book's content or aim, especially if these are not clear from the title. What is the book about, what does it attempt to address or provide? Listing the content in a chapter by chapter summary almost never contributes to readability.
The description should also incorporate essential supporting details:
Africa:Be sure to indicate whether or not the book has a connection with Africa whenever this is not obvious from the title. How are the ideas, theories or practices of the book related to African Christianity and ministry, or is the book limited to non-African settings?
Slant:State the theological or ideological angle or perspective, so that readers will know where the author is coming from. If appropriate, very briefly summarize the author’s scholarly or professional background. Comment on the type of sources used, the methodology used, and note for the reader any of the author’s apparent biases or other preconceptions.
Significance:Where does this book fit within the larger discussion or academic field of which it means to be a part? What is its particular intended contribution?
Every review must include evaluative reflection, indicating your opinion on the worth of the book, its reliability, its potential contribution, and its limitations. Include some form of brief recommendation for the reader. For example, is the book best suited for ordinary church members or for a theological educator only? Is it useful for a theological library, or possibly also for textbook use, or even for religious bookshops in Africa to stock? If recommending the title as a textbook, would it be used as a principal text, or merely for supplementary reading? Only occasionally should the recommendation be that every theological educator must read the book or every library must own a copy.If a negative judgment is in order, it should be worded graciously and constructively. For example, NOT "this omission renders the book worthless", RATHER "in a future edition the author may wish to include attention to . . .”. However, when your estimation of the book, or parts of a book, is in fact negative, this should be made evident, however courteously worded, and not left vague or suppressed. It is part of AJET’s role to alert readers to such publications.
3. Reviewer’s Information
Please include: (a) your name; (b) your postal address; (c) the date. This is for our records, so that you can receive your complimentary copy of AJET.
Reviews may be edited to fit the available space, style, approach, and policy of AJET. See the guidelines for writing AJET articles for more information.
Address all editorial correspondence and send your reviews by email to:
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New AJET Financial Information
Scott Christian University (Scott Theological College) now has a US$ account in Machakos so subscribers who pay in US$ by check or wire now have a more direct way to pay for your AJET subscriptions. You can post a US$ check, which must be from a US based bank, and made out to “Scott Theological College” to:
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You can wire the money directly to the Scott US$ account.
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