Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 093:369 (Jan 1936)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Peloubet’s Select Notes on the International Lessons. By Wilbur M. Smith, D.D. W. A. Wilde Company. $1.90-postpaid $2.00.

The sixty-second in the whole series, and second to be edited by Dr. Wilbur M. Smith, of Peloubet’s Notes is even an improvement over the last volume which, when reviewed in Bibliotheca Sacra, October, 1934, was given the highest appreciation. We predicted at that time that Dr. Smith would in each volume create a monumental work of far-reaching, practical value to those who take the study of the international Sunday School lesson seriously. We cannot speak too highly of the 1936 series. The same general plan is followed in connection with each lesson which is:

(1) The objective of each lesson; (2) the setting of the lesson (time and place); (3) general subject divided for study; (4) suggestive outlines; (5) a practical and comprehensive bibliography; (6) the Biblical approach to lesson text; (7) a concise interpretation of text, verse by verse; (8) application of lesson truths to everyday life; (9) quotation illustrations from foremost Biblical scholars and references from the broadest fields of literature; (10) pictorial illustrations from the master painters of religious art; (11) the lesson in life and literature; and (12) test questions and, subjects for open discussion.

This the sixty second volume is larger and incorporates valuable and attractive new features. Dr. Smith is to be congratulated on the production of this great work, standard indeed and true to the Word of God.

Lewis Sperry Chafer

The Fact of the Christian Church. By P. Carnegie Simpson, D.D. Fleming H. Revell Co., New York. 1935. 191 pp. $1.75.

Dr. Simpson, Professor of Church History in Westminster College, Cambridge, is the author of The Fact of Christ which was highly recommended by leaders in England and America. In this volume the writer undertakes to deal with “some capital elements in the character, structure, and

function of Christ’s Church as we find these exhibited and as we would see them developed in our reformed evangelical branches of it.” He attempts no systematic nor doctrinal setting forth of the fact of the Church, but a treatment of its important features and forces.

Of the six chapters of the book, the first and fifth are by far the best. The chapter on “The Religion of the Evangel” is disappointing, although much is said concerning the gospel which is eminently worthwhile and true. In this discussion there seems to be an unwholesome steering away from accepted and tested modes of expression. In fact, in his dealing with the subje...

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