The Honors Journal of Olivet Nazarene University

The name Olivet comes from Mount Olivet, or the Mount of Olives, a hill outside Jerusalem known in ancient times for its olive groves and which featured prominently in Christ’s life and ministry. Olives have been cultivated for thousands of years and hold rich theological symbolism (the olive branch as a symbol of peace, for instance, or anointing with olive oil). In selecting a name for this journal, we wanted a title that drew upon the symbolism and history in Olivet’s name itself.

ELAIA (el’AYE’ah) is the phonetic spelling of the Greek word for olive. The symbolism is apt in more ways than one: olive trees take years to mature and bear fruit, and the research contained in this journal is likewise the fruit of these students’ years of labor. Like the olive tree, we pray these students continue to grow, cultivate deep roots, and bear the fruits of peace and holiness in all their scholarly endeavors.

Current Volume: Volume 4 (2022) Volume 4 (2021)

Introduction to combined (print) edition of Vloumes 3/4

Welcome to a collection of capstone research projects from graduates of the Olivet Nazarene University Honors Program. Congratulations to them!
The Honors Program at Olivet Nazarene University exists to encourage and nurture academically talented students in the integration of Christian faith and excellence in scholarship, preparing them for servant leadership in the Church and world. Over a four-year journey, Honors students become part of a community of Christian scholars, experience a unique interdisciplinary classroom environment, and embark on an extensive mentored research project. During this journey, they mature from users and consumers of knowledge to creators of knowledge.
ELAIA in Greek means olive. This journal name refers to a diversely used fruit from a slow growing tree, and the Mount of Olives – a sprawling grove within the shadow of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem – where Jesus and his disciples toiled in prayer to understand their times. Notably, in that grind they encountered God. So it is with these projects and the people behind them. Strong scholarship with deep piety is the desirable fruit of the Honors Program. Research alone would be incomplete, for God’s purpose is not to make us wealthy but wise, not healthy but holy, not generically successful but sanctified. As St. Paul reminded Rome, one of the most advanced civilizations of his time: good root, good fruit (Romans 11:16).
My congratulations, also, to the teaching faculty, research faculty, and staff who co-labored for both fruits – this compendium and the students’ character. As our people do great things and become great people, we all stand in awe!


Stephen Case, Editor and Director Cheryl Paarlberg, Administrative Assistant Katie Krueger, Associate Editor (Volume 4)