Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 093:372 (Oct 1936)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

The Israel Promises and Their Fulfillment. By Samuel Hinds Wilkinson. John Bale, Sons & Danielsson, Ltd., 83–91, Great Titchfield Street, London W. 1, England. 195 pp. 8/6.

Mr. Wilkinson, long related to Jewish work in England, than whom there is in this generation no greater authority on Jewish questions, has in this volume undertaken an exhaustive examination of Mr. Philip Mauro’s recent book, The Hope of Israel: What is It? The fact that Mr. Mauro is a master of the art of pleading and long-time student of the Scriptures and that Mr. Wilkinson is the superior authority on the issues under discussion and apparently even more masterful as a contender than his opponent, gives to this book a unique importance both as a clarification of age-long theological misapprehensions and as a vindication of the truthfulness and faithfulness of God. We question if any debate of recent years can compare with this as to the vast field of truth involved or as to the completeness of the verdict. The book commends itself to the reviewer without even the slightest reservation and the interest which it creates is such that its reading cannot be discontinued until it is finished. This book when known will become a standard treatise and after being carefully studied will be held as a reference volume in every well equipped library. What is it all about?

The question under discussion, though reaching out into many kindred fields of truth, may be reduced to the one proposition, namely, Does God have an eternal earthly purpose in which all Israel will share, or are the unconditional covenants made by Jehovah concerning Israel subject to a vague and distorted spiritual fulfillment in the Church? In other words, are Israel’s covenants fulfilled in the Church? The Apostle raised this question and answered it in eight immortal words: “Hath God cast away his people? God forbid.” Much theology, having recovered but a part of the

truth in the Reformation and being still infested with the Romish notion of a world-conquering church, has attempted the line of argument which Mr. Mauro presents. However, Mr. Mauro has given the subject a new and worth-while interest by lifting the discussion out of the realm of mere creedal evidence, by which modern advocates defend it, into a vital consideration of the evidence found in the Word of God.

In his foreword to Mr. Wilkinson’s book, the Rev C. Fisher, pastor of Lansdowne Hall, London, points out that it is wise both to “beware of the expert” and also “to trust the expert,” and after stating the fact that Mr. Wilkinson is the foremost authority on Jewish problems, he suggests that he is an expert to be trusted. On the other hand,...

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