Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 120:477 (Jan 1963)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Archaeology And The New Testament. By Merrill F. Unger. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, 1962. 350 pp. $4.95.

In Archaeology and the New Testament Unger has produced a work which is as interesting, lucid, and vital as its companion volume, Archeology and the Old Testament. Several features commend this book to the Christian public. Written in a style which is so clear and fascinating it will be read with interest and understanding by the average layman, it is also detailed and complete enough for use in educational institutions and the most exacting pastor’s study. The material is easy to use the book is simply and clearly, arranged according to the historical development of the New Testament. Beginning with Alexander the Great, the author goes on to trace the New Testament period to Paul’s Roman imprisonment, his subsequent release, and final execution. The material pertinent to the seven churches of the Apocalypse is treated in connection with the penetration of the gospel into Asia Minor. Throughout the entire work Unger’s viewpoint is thoroughly conservative. Not only is this volume profusely illustrated with photographs and drawings, but it is also well documented with footnotes.

The problem of John the Baptist’s relationship to the Qumran Community is succinctly considered and Unger concludes that John probably had some association with these Essenes. As far as the North and South Galatian theories are concerned, Unger feels the Galatian Epistle is addressed primarily to the churches in South Galatia.

About the only features to mar this excellent volume are of a mechanical nature. For one thing, the maps occasionally do not include places which are discussed in the text. Such locations as Sychar, Mount Hermon, Sebaste, and the cities of the Lycus Valley are not found in the many simple, clear, and otherwise good maps. There is also a slight discrepancy in dates in one case. On page 230 Paul is said to have come to Berea in the early part of A.D. 51 and on page 245 it is stated Paul arrived in Corinth in A.D. 50. Quite obviously such defects are very trivial and minor.

Any Bible student who desires to obtain background information and archaeological data pertaining to the New Testament will find

this excellent volume to be consistendy satisfying.

S. D. Toussaint

The Radical Reformation. By George H. Williams. The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1962. 924 pp. $15.00.

With rare erudition, extensive research, and keen appreciation of all factors involved, Professor Williams of Harvard has accurately and comprehensively depicted...

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