Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 131:524 (Oct 1974)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

What on Earth is God Doing? By Renald E. Showers. Neptune. NJ: Loizeaux Bros., 1973. 128 pp. $1.95.

The author, on the faculty of the Philadelphia College of Bible, states his purpose in the introduction, “The purpose of this study is to attempt to trace the Bible’s philosophy of history from eternity past to eternity future” (p. 9).

To accomplish this purpose. Showers gives a bird’s-eye view of events and developments in the conflict between God and Satan. This survey amounts to an overview of the Bible and modern church history. The author’s point is that God is at work in the affairs of men and will triumph in the end.

R. P. Lightner

Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. Volume IX. Ed. by Gerhard Kittel and Gerhard Friedrich. Trans. by Geoffrey W. Bromiley. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1974. 681 pp. $22.50.

This is the ninth and final volume of the massive work which was written first in German starting in 1928. This volume covers the last three letters of the Greek alphabet and includes articles ranging in length from less than half a page to more than thirty-five pages.

One need not read beyond the preface to discover that the editor speaks from the liberal and higher critical viewpoint. Many of the articles reflect this same viewpoint. Nonetheless, the material contained herein reflects vast scholarship and research, and no serious New Testament scholar can afford to ignore it.

P. R. Williams

Commentary on Romans. By Wm. S. Plumer. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1971. Reprinted from the 1870 edition. 646 pp. $8.95.

Wm. S. Plumer, a godly and learned Southern Presbyterian of a hundred years ago, has given a reverent treatment of the Epistle to the Romans. Plumer goes through the epistle section by section giving his own comments and those of numerous other commentators; then he adds a series of “Doctrinal and Practical Remarks” on the same section. This is not one of the most outstanding commentaries on Romans, though worth careful study. Plumer is, however, one of the very few commentators who adequately treats Romans 7:14–25 and makes any serious attempt to relate that passage to its context. He titles it “The Great Spiritual Warfare of the Christian,” and devotes 32 pages to it. This volume is worth having.

P. R. Williams

The Triumphs of Faith: Expositions of Hebrews 11. By G. Campbell Morgan. Grand Rapids: Baker Boo...

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