Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 135:538 (Apr 1978)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ. By Harold W. Hoehner. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1977. 176 pp. Paper, $3.95.

In this work Hoehner aims to establish chronologically fixed points for such events as the birth of Christ, the commencement of His ministry, and the year of the crucifixion. Along with these he considers the duration of the Lord’s ministry and the day of the week Christ was crucified. A chapter is also given to a discussion of Daniel’s seventy weeks.

The key to Hoehner’s chronology is the date of the crucifixion which he takes to be A.D. 33.

The subject is very carefully researched and documented, and the arguments are finely honed (pardon the pun!). There is an excellent historical analysis of the situation of Pilate and Herod Antipas in regard to the emperor at the time of the Lord’s crucifixion.

If the book can be faulted at any point, it is its heavy concentration of material. With a paucity of vocabulary Hoehner steps through a vast amount of data. One could only wish that the discussion would be a bit more fully developed.

For an excellent and capable consideration of the subject of the chronology of Christ’s life, this book is very highly recommended.

S. D. Toussaint

The Debate about the Bible: Inerrancy versus Infallibility. By Stephen T. Davis. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1977. 149 pp. $5.45.

In the current debate about the Bible, there is much discussion about whether inerrancy equals infallibility. Because the Westminster Confession and the ordination vows of those entering the Presbyterian ministry require them to assert that they “believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice,” question has been raised as to whether affirming

infallibility means the same as affirming inerrancy. It is the position of the author that inerrancy and infallibility are not the same concept. Further insight is given in the foreword by Clark H. Pinnock, who affirms inerrancy and who nevertheless feels that there should be discussion on the exact nature of inerrancy.

This book is another page in the long chapter of attempts to evade the complete accuracy of the Bible. Originally it was enough to claim that the Bible is inspired; but then there were those who said it is not verbally inspired, and so the word verbal was added to inspiration. Then there were those who claimed that it is not fully inspired, and so the word plenary was added to the concept of inspiration. Because questi...

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