Book Notices -- By: Anonymous
BSac 135:540 (Oct 78) p. 372
The Scientific Case for Creation. By Henry M. Morris. San Diego: Creation-Life Publishers, 1977. 87 pp. Paper, $1.95.
Morris gives his readers a concise and helpful treatment of the case for scientific creationism. The contenders for this position (the young-earth and Flood-geology model) have been making a strong case for special creation, showing specifically from the realm of science how the creation model fits the evidence far better than the evolution model. This helpful work adds to that body of data, and includes many excellent charts and graphs which could be adapted for visual presentations in teaching this material in church study groups.
F. R. Howe
Daniel, Esther, and Jeremiah: The Additions. The Anchor Bible. By Carey A. Moore. New York: Doubleday & Co., 1977. xxx + 374 pp. $12.00.
This recent addition to The Anchor Bible series deals with material which is not a part of the Protestant canon of the Old Testament and is generally labeled “apocryphal.” It has, however, several values for the student of the Old Testament in addition to being interesting reading. The study of these books holds value for those involved in the detailed work of textual criticism in the Old Testament. These collections of literature offer interesting and valuable insights into the history and thought of the intertestamental period. More direct interaction with questions pertinent to Old Testament study comes in the author’s discussion of such matters as the canonicity of Esther, the feast of Purim, etc. The bibliographies are thorough and up-to-date in each case.
W. R. Bodine
BSac 135:540 (Oct 78) p. 373
Crucifixion in the Ancient World and the Folly of the Message of the Cross. By Martin Hengel. Translated by John Bowen. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1977. 99 pp. Paper, $4.50.
In this little book Hengel, of the University of Tubingen, has done an admirable job in collecting information regarding crucifixion in the ancient world. His purpose is to survey the use of crucifixion as a penalty in the Graeco-Roman world as a preliminary for a better understanding of Paul’s remark about the foolishness of the word of the cross. The value of this book for the theological student is that it provides historical information which gives perspective in the understanding of the folly of the message of the cross. He corrects some misunderstandings that students make on how early cricifixion was used. The book is highly recommended for the theological student.
E. A. Blum
Christian Counter-Culture. By John R. W. Stott. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press...
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