Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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The Seed of Abraham. By Albertus Pieters. Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids. 161 pp. $2.50.
In the contemporary discussion of amillennialism versus premillennialism the significant and decisive character of the covenant of God with Abraham is having more and more recognition. The purpose of this volume is to expound and defend the amillennial concept of the expression used as the title, “the seed of Abraham.”
Professor Pieters (Western Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church in America) has without question made a significant and well-expressed contribution to the theological discussion in this area. His material is handled with facility, force, and practical application. He has carefully avoided any discourtesy to those with whom he disagrees and at the same time presses home every argument pertinent to the discussion. He is to be commended for avoiding the trickery, innuendo, and ad hominem arguments that are not infrequent in discussion of the millennial issue. His arguments are fairly stated, and he shows a good understanding of his own theology and an awareness of premillennial arguments against his position.
In this volume we have the best recent expression of the amillennial interpretation of the Abrahamic Covenant. The reviewer questions whether it is possible to make out a better case for this position than that presented by Professor Pieters. For this reason this volume should be read carefully not only by amillenarians who will find comfort for their own position, but also by premillenarians who want to be intelligent on the subject of amillenarianism.
The argument advanced in the book begins with a chapter expounding the definition of the seed of Abraham in the patriarchal period. His basic thesis is stated early in the chapter, “With the call of Abraham begins the record of the great redemptive enterprise by which God sought, and is still seeking, to win back to Himself a lost world. All that the
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world has known since that time of true religion and divine salvation, including the Old Testament history, the law, the prophets, the psalms, the coming of Christ, the writing of the New Testament, the founding of the Christian Church and its long development to this very day—nay, even beyond that, all that at the present time offers any well-grounded expectation of future good for a suffering world stems scripturally, logically, and historically from the call of Abraham and the promise made to him: ‘In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.’“ In other words, Professor Pieters believes the Abrahamic Covenant is the basic covenant of redemption out of which moves all of God’s redemptive program.
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