Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology. Vol. 2 (G-Pre). Edited by Colin Brown. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1976. 822 pp. $24.95.
This New Testament theological dictionary, based on a major German reference work but significantly revised in this English edition, will be completed with the publication of a third volume. Comparisons are bound to be made between this three-volume work and the longer ten-volume Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, edited by Gerhard Kittel and Gerhard Friedrich.
For general use many students, pastors, and even New Testament scholars will favor the convenience of the smaller set with less extensive but still comprehensive articles. New Testament scholars and advanced students will find its excellent bibliographies much more up to date than those in the longer Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. A third advantage in this three-volume set is its design for use by Bible students who lack a knowledge of Greek and Hebrew. The articles are arranged by English word groups and Greek and Hebrew words are transliterated into English letters.
This dictionary of theology will by no means replace Kittel and Friedrich’s volumes, which will still be needed by specialists, but it will make available the scholarship of the larger set to a larger audience. The more evangelical orientation of the editors and revisers of The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology also tends to correct the negative critical views of both its German original and of the larger dictionary by Kittel and Friedrich. New Testament students and scholars alike will find this a valuable addition to their library.
F. D. Lindsey
Baptism and Fulness. By John R. W. Stott. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1976. 119 pp. $2.25.
The first edition of this volume was published in 1964 under the title The Baptism and Fulness of the Holy Spirit. Stott rewrote and expanded the first edition for three reasons: “to clarify what was obscure and to strengthen what was weak” (p. 8), “to correct the false rumor” (p. 9) that he had changed his views expressed earlier, and because of the need for “all of us whatever our precise stance on this issue
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may be, to remain in fruitful fellowship and dialogue with one another” (p. 9). Four chapters divide the present work: The Promise of the Spirit, The Fulness of the Spirit, The Fruit of the Spirit, The Gift of the Spirit. Stott believes the New covenant of Jeremiah was fulfilled in Jesus (p. 24) and that the day of Pentecost inaugurated the Messianic age (p. 29). Als...
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