Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 120:480 (Oct 1963)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

The Divine Comforter. By J. Dwight Pentecost. Fleming H. Revell Company, Westwood, N. J., 1963. 256 pp. $3.95.

The twentieth century is in many respects the century of the Holy Spirit. In contemporary neo-orthodoxy, as well as in the revival of Pentecostalism, the doctrine of the Spirit has been prominent. From the standpoint of Biblical orthodoxy, however, the contemporary doctrine of the Spirit has never been more confused and professing Christendom never more ignorant. In such an age with its multiplied theological contradictions and misconceptions, it is refreshing to read a work on the Holy Spirit which is Biblical, accurate, and easily understood.

The chapters of this volume originated as sermons and are cast into a vocabulary and form of presentation understandable by an intelligent layman. Behind the simplification, however, is a profound grasp of the person and work of the Holy Spirit demonstrated on every page by incisive thinking and unusual lucidity of expression. For layman as well as theologians, this work will provide a nontechnical treatment of every important aspect of the personal work of the Holy Spirit. An index to the Scriptures as well as a topical index provide easy access to given subjects. The work as a whole is highly recommended as an important addition to any library on the subject of the Holy Spirit.

J. F. Walvoord

The Reality Of The Resurrection. By Merrill C. Tenney. Harper & Row, New York, 1963. 221 pp. $4.00.

The Dean of the Graduate School of Wheaton College, Dr. Tenney, has built a solid reputation in previous books for mature thought, careful scholarship, and incisive writing. This latest work will enhance that reputation and extend it beyond the field of New Testament introduction and interpretation to that of apologetics and theology. This work also meets the growing need for a complete and thoroughly orthodox study of the resurrection to answer the spiritualizing and minimizing of both the event and the doctrine in contemporary theology.

The thesis of the book is “that the resurrection of Christ can supply the framework for Christian theology because it marks the intersection of the temporal and eternal worlds, of material existence and

spiritual life” (p. 7). Its purpose “is not to defend a doctrine that is no longer tenable but to show that the resurrection has a direct bearing upon contemporary intellectual and spiritual tensions” (p. 8). The author’s viewpoint is that the resurrection “event is fixed in history; the dynamic is potent for eternity” (p. 19). On the whole the work fulfills these objectives well.

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