Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 117:468 (Oct 1960)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Studies In The Sermon On The Mount. By D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Vol. I. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, 1959. 320 pp. $4.50.

Consisting of thirty sermons preached in Westminister Chapel of London where the author serves as minister, this work presents the first of two volumes on the important Sermon on the Mount. The author is a gifted speaker and writer and manifests this skill throughout his exposition of the fifth chapter of Matthew contained in this treatment. His main thrust is to apply the Sermon on the Mount to the practical and moral needs of believers today. In doing this he rejects the viewpoint of those who preach the social gospel characteristic of liberalism; he rejects the concept that the Sermon on the Mount is only an exposition of Mosaic law, and likewise rejects the idea that it is totally eschatological, applying to a future kingdom. The reviewer believes that the author in his effort to make the Sermon on the Mount applicable to today has overlooked some of the contextual and theological considerations which cannot be ignored in a proper understanding of the Sermon on the Mount. Nevertheless, the work is a worthy contribution to the field of exposition and will be read with profit by all lovers of Biblical truth.

J. F. Walvoord

A Christian Theology Of The Old Testament. By George A. F. Knight. John Knox Press, Richmond, 1959. 383 pp. $5.00.

Modestly disclaiming that this is a definitive work, the author claims only that it is a theology of the Old Testament (p. 7). Old Testament theology is presented in four major divisions, namely, God, God and creation, God and Israel, and the zeal of the Lord. Though the author manifests scholarly research, the work is marred by the author’s acceptance of many of the tenets of higher criticism. The documentary hypothesis of the Pentateuch is assumed and the nonhistorical character of many of the narratives. The resulting theology depends on what the author considers factual and what he regards as mythical or descriptive. As a whole the work can hardly be said to make a major contribution to the field.

J. F. Walvoord

American Protestantism And Social Issues 1919–1939. By Robert Moats Miller. The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1959. 385 pp. $6.00.

In view of the contemporary emphasis on the improvement of society by liberal, neo-orthodox, and neoevangelical churchmen, this study of the social attitudes of American Protestantism between the two world wars traces both the success and failure of the

church’s social program. The study is co...

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