Periodical Reviews -- By: James F. Rand

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 115:460 (Oct 1958)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: James F. Rand

Periodical Reviews

James F. Rand

Barnhouse, Donald Grey, “One Church,” Eternity, 9:7:17–23, July, 1958.

The views of Dr. Barnhouse on separation and Seventh-Day Adventism have aroused much controversy during the past few years. In this message delivered at the IVCF missionary convention at Urbana, Illinois, last December, these views are set forth against the context of the unity of the church. This message in which he contends that the basic unity of the church “is the fact that we belong to Him” was cut off the air by a Christian radio station for reasons which still have not been clearly defined. The article is well worth reading as Dr. Barnhouse pleads for love among the brethren. “We must live in the thought of the fact that we are one Church, and that the one Church is composed of multitudinous fractions of organization. But it is the life, it is the organism, that counts.” The reading of this article will be provocative of much thought whether or not the reader agrees with the author.

Bratcher, Robert G. “A Study of Isaiah 7:14, Its Meaning and Use In the Massoretic Text, the Septuagint and The Gospel of Matthew.” The Bible Translator, 9:3:98–126, July, 1958.

Much has been written concerning the proper translation of this verse since the appearance of the Revised Standard Version in 1952. The author, a member of the revision committee of the Brazilian Portuguese Bible and at present a research associate with the American Bible Society, presents a thorough study of the use of the terms 'almah and parthenos in the Old Testament and the usage of Isaiah 7:14 (LXX) in Matthew 1:23. He comes to the following conclusions: “It seems clear, therefore, that Matthew uses LXX Isa. 7:14 not so much as a proof text concerning the name of the child (for he did not receive this name), but because by its use of the word parthenos ‘virgin’ the Gospel writer found a proof text for what he had just described, namely, the virginal conception of Mary…. From what has been set forth it follows that the use of LXX Isa. 7:14 in Matt. 1:23 does not compel one to force upon Isaiah 7:14 in the Hebrew Bible the meaning that the Evangelist found in it, particularly in light of the fact that the crucial word in Hebrew 'almah, means one thing while parthenos

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