Periodical Reviews -- By: James F. Rand

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 114:455 (Jul 1957)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: James F. Rand

Periodical Reviews

James F. Rand

Beegle, Dewey M., “The Meaning of the Qumran Scrolls for Translators of the Bible,” The Bible Translator, 8:1:1–8, January, 1957.

Here is a practical assessment of the value of the scrolls for translation work which also indicates their influence on ascertaining the reliability of the present-day text of Scripture. The author, consultant on old Testament problems for the American Bible Society, indicates three values which have appeared to date: The Qumran scrolls confirm the reliability of the Masoretic text; the scrolls re-establish the Septuagint as a textual authority; the Qumran scrolls are a source of reliable variant reading. It is pleasing to note that many of the extreme statements made earlier in the study of the scrolls have been disproved. This conservative scholar also contributed an article disproving the fantastic claims being made for the Yonan codex to Eternity for April. 1957.

Capon, Anthony C., “Five Steps for Daily Devotion,” Eternity, 8:4:16–17, 33, April, 1957.

The assistant general secretary of the Scripture Union in North America sets forth five steps designed to help every Christian to be a daily reader of the Bible. The steps are designed to answer the question, “I am sitting ready, with my Bible open; what do I do next?” The first step is to “Pray: to make contact with God, to ask His help, and to give yourself an expectant heart”; next, “Read: to get a general picture of the passage for the day”; “Study: to make sure you understand the meaning of each part, and to see what spiritual lessons there are to be learned”;, “Choose: to select from all possible messages the one which is God’s Word to you for the day”; “Apply: to make personal and effective the Word from God that you have received.” This procedure should fill a need in many a believer’s heart.

Curtis, Richard K., “Moody’s Impact on Great Servants of God,” Moody Monthly, 57:8:26–30, April, 1957.

An important key to understanding Moody’s influence lies in knowing the men whose lives he touched, contends the author of this article, one of a series which he has written sharing the results of his research for a doctoral dissertation. The roster of Moody’s friends among the laity and clergy of his day reads like a list of the great. Curtis contends that the secret of his influence was that “Moody always insisted on being himself…. It was this absolute sincerity, together with his sense of humor, his utter disregard for his own personal welfare, his business acumen, his complete selflessness in financial

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