Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
BSac 119:473 (Jan 62) p. 64
[Appointment: Bibliotheca Sacra is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Robert K. DeVries as Book Review Editor beginning with this issue. Sincere appreciation is expressed to Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost, retiring Book Review Editor, for his contribution to this department.]
Outline Studies In The Book Of Matthew. By W. H. Griffith Thomas. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, 1961. 476 pp. $5.50.
This volume will be of special interest to alumni and friends of Dallas Seminary because its dedication reads as follows: “To Dallas Theological Seminary whose faculty, alumni, and students have continued to honor the memory of the author, one of its founders, by worthy succession to his faithful witness, this volume is gratefully dedicated by his daughter.” But apart from this, the book will surely take its place among the other revered works of Dr. Thomas, the last several of which have been made available to the Christian public through the prodigious and dedicated work of his daughter, Mrs. E. H. Gillespie.
The touchstone by which to judge any book on the Gospel of Matthew is the author’s treatment of the three major discourses: the Sermon on the Mount, chapters 5–7; the Sermon by the Sea, chapter 13; and the Olivet Discourse, chapters 24 and 25. It was Dr. Thomas’ conviction that the Sermon on the Mount set forth the principles of the kingdom. “And there is no doubt that the Jewish hearers would know, without any need of explanation that the reference was to the promise to David (cf. 2 Samuel 7:14–16), and to the well-known predictions of the Kingdom all through the Prophets.” The parables of Matthew 13, stated Dr. Thomas, deal with “the interval between the rejection of the Kingdom and its official setting up according to the prophetic word.” In the Olivet Discourse “Christ prophesies His coming in power and glory to set up that which the prophets had foretold.”
It is refreshing thus to be reminded by one of the great Biblical scholars of the 20th century that “only when the principle of dispensational truth is emphasized is it possible to understand this book.” This does not mean that Dr. Thomas was guilty of “penknifing the Bible,” as antidispensationalists often charge, for he clearly differentiates between interpretation and application. Concerning the Sermon on the Mount he wrote: “St. Matthew’s is the Jewish Gospel, and while there is
BSac 119:473 (Jan 62) p. 65
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