Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 124:496 (Oct 1967)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

The Holy Spirit In Todays World. By W. A. Criswell. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1966. 193 pp. $2.95.

The pastor of the large First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, takes time for careful, personal study of the Scripture, comes to conclusions consistent with the meaning, orders his data, and presents his conclusions simply and interestingly, with apt illustrations, and with homiletic application.

Chapters of special excellence consider the spiritual sign gifts of miracles and tongues. Dispensationalism is accepted as necessary to an adequate understanding of Scripture. In one place he separates the prophetic gift from the prophetic office as if these were unrelated (p. 136).

When it is with difficulty that only minor flaws may be found, and most of the work is high in quality, approval is patent.

R. D. Congdon

Prophecy Interpreted. By Lars Hartman. Lund, Sweden: C. W. K. Gleerup, 1966. 299 pp. Paper.

This learned dissertation is divided into two parts with part one on the subject, “Construction in in Jewish Apocalyptic Text,” and part two on “Traditio-Historical Analysis of the Eschatological discourse.” Although the author does not claim to follow Bultmann in his philosophic approach (p. 15), he uses the same analytical method which Bultmann has popularized.

The assumption is that both the Jewish Apocalyptic Text as well

as eschatological sections of the Bible are the record of tradition somewhat removed from the original writings. The author conceives his task as attempting to analyze what the original teaching behind these documents really is. In treatment of New Testament materials, he deals with Mark and Matthew. In relation to the Old Testament, be treats especially Daniel. Both the premises and the critical method are, of course, unacceptable to those who regard the Bible as the infallible Word of God. The volume is primarily of interest as an extension of the Bultmann method in contemporary Swedish theology.

J. F. Walvoord

History Of The Suffering And Death Of Jesus Christ. By Eduard Lohse. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1967. 120 pp. $2.75.

This analysis of the Biblical account of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ is a translation of an earlier German work published in 1964. The thesis of the author is that the gospel accounts, especially Mark, are a record of early Christian tradition which although close to the original facts is, nevertheless, only a record of early Christian belief somewhat removed from the actual occurrence. Th...

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