Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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The Gospel Of Matthew. By Arno C. Gaebelein. Loizeauz Brothers, New York, 1961. 624 pp. $5.25.
Until his death in 1945, Dr. A. C.Gaebelein was recognized as one of the outstanding Bible teachers and expositors of this century. The reprinting of his works will make available to a new generation his knowledge and insight into the Scriptures.
This particular volume, The Gospel of Matthew, has long been recognized as a standard dispensational exposition of an important New Testament book. Affirms Gaebelein, “It is safe to say that a person, no matter how learned or devoted, who does not hold the clearly revealed dispensational truths concerning the Jews, the Gentiles and the church of God, will fail to understand Matthew” (p. 5). The current confusion among nondispensationalists in their approach to the kingdom questions, which are so integral to the argument of Matthew, testifies to the accuracy of this declaration.
The author first summarizes the thrust of Matthew’s Gospel by showing the “seven great dispensational parts which are prominent in the Gospel and around which everything is grouped” (pp. 8ff.) The six hundred pages of exposition which follow emphasize both interpretation and application. The volume is not an exegetical commentary although there are references to the original text; and there have been some more recent refinements in the dispensational approach to certain passages. Nonetheless, the book is commended to Bible students who seek a volume that will both warm the heart and stimulate the mind.
D. K. Campbell
Norlie’s Simplified New Testament. Translated by Olaf M. Norlie. With “The Psalms for To-day” by R. K. Harrison. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, 1961. 763 pp. $4.95.
Norlie’s Simplified New Testament represents a new effort to present the New Testament in “interesting and intelligible” language and is especially designed to appeal
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to “teenagers, young people and young adults” (preface). Also included is a translation of the Psalms by R. K. Harrison, professor of Old Testament at Wycliff College, University of Toronto. Dr. Norlie is a Lutheran scholar at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
There is no doubt that the Simplified New Testament has achieved a fairly smooth, readily comprehensible translation, but a question must be raised as to whether in the process there has not been too great a sacrifice of necessary accuracy. Thus, for example, the reader will be shocked upon opening to the Epistle of 1 John to find it commencing: “Christ is the Word of Life. He was ...
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