Book Notices -- By: Anonymous
BSac 129:513 (Jan 72) p. 91
Word Pictures from the Bible. By E. M. Blaiklock. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1969. 95 pp. $2.95.
This book consists of 12 brief chapters. Each chapter is introduced by a beautiful full page picture, and contains 4 or 5 pages of text. In all, the book contains 64 pages of text. Each chapter treats one topic, such as “The Cedar,” “The Door,” “Fishing,” “Grass,” “Light,” etc. The book is completely dissimilar in purpose and approach to such works as the word studies by Robertson and Vincent. The author draws from his knowledge of the Bible, his knowledge of the Classics, and other varied sources in painting these brief word pictures.
P. R. Williams
Interpreting the Gospels. By R. C. Briggs. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1969. 188 pp. $4.50.
Dr. Briggs, Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, has written this work to inform the layman (p. 15) on the problems of the Synoptic Gospels raised by New Testament critics. He has carried out his aim well. Conservatives will disagree with some of his pronouncements (e.g. pp. 56, 57, etc.) but the layman will learn a great deal regarding present-day synoptic criticism. His summarizations at the end of each chapter are helpful.
H. W. Hoehner
The Acts: Dynamic Christianity. By William MacDonald. Kansas City, KS.: Walterick Publishers, 1971. 273 pp. Paper, $2.95.
MacDonald simplifies comments for child-like understanding, but his comments are neither childish nor naive. His background inclines him to favor saying assembly over church. He encourages many gifted “lay” ministers per assembly. Outlines and applications help maintain quality usefulness for this excellent study manual. Satisfying, evangelical solutions clarify all problem passages, as e.g., those on tongues, miracles, baptismal regeneration, household salvation, and legalism.
R. D. Congdon
BSac 129:513 (Jan 72) p. 92
Conquering the Fear of Death: An Exposition of 1 Corinthians 15. By Spiros Zodhiates. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1970. 869 pp. $9.95.
This book consists of 164 (!) short chapters. Each chapter treats a verse or a part of a verse, and is, in effect, a brief devotional or sermon.
Zodhiates sometimes gets more from the Greek text than is actually there (e.g. the significance of the aorist tense, p. 11). On page 19, he seems to misunderstand what Paul meant by the expression “believed in vain,” which Paul goes ahead to ...
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