Periodical Reviews -- By: James F. Rand

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 112:445 (Jan 1955)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: James F. Rand

Periodical Reviews

James F. Rand

Adams, John Maxwell, “Alcohol and God.” His, 18-22, December, 1954.

“What is the will of God in relation to the use of alcohol beverages in the modern world?” asks the author as he begins this article. To most of us the answer is clear-cut and simple. Yet many of us have not spent much time in thinking out the why of our answer. This our author has done and brings to bear upon the question the testimony of the Bible, science, environment and a host of other factors which make the decision not just an assumed religious conviction but one concretely supported by the facts of Scripture and extra-Biblical evidence. This is the best article on this subject which the reviewer has seen. Those who counsel young people will want to read it.

Blaiklock, E. M., “Archaeology and the Birth of Christ,” Eternity, 5:10–11, December, 1954.

This is the first of a series of articles by the professor of classics at Auckland University College, New Zealand, on the general subject of the archaeology of the New Testament. Since this is a somewhat neglected field the greater prominence being given to the archaeology of the Old Testament—this will prove to be a helpful adjunct to the pastor’s study. This article gives supporting evidence to the nativity story and is the kind of material which led Sir William Ramsey to adopt the conservative position of the reliability of Luke as a historian.

Bollier, Paul, “The Righteousness of God, a Word Study,” Interpretation, 8:404–13, October, 1954.

The author, a Pennsylvania pastor, sets forth the results of an extensive study of the Hebrew and Greek words for this basic Biblical term. The practical significance of his study is shown by his concluding statement. “When man chooses to win the Divine approval through his own efforts by obedience to the law, he experiences the righteousness of God only as wrath, but when man responds to the self-revelation of God through faith in Christ, he experiences the righteousness of God as acceptance with God.”

Elmore, Robert, “Christian Classics in Music,” Eternity, 5:14–15, November, 1954.

The organist of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia, tells the average listener the best records to buy in order to build a library of Christian classics. Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, and Handel are included. To those of us who are not used to classical music, the author has a word of counsel. “The best way to learn to recognize the vital quality of fine music is to hear it frequently. We like what we know, and if we know the best in art we will

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