Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 136:541 (Jan 1979)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Job. By Roy B. Zuck. Chicago: Moody Press, 1978. 192 pp. Paper, $2.50.

In keeping with the tradition of the Everyman’s Bible Commentary series, Zuck has given a clear exposition of the Book of Job that the layman will find easy to comprehend. But there is much more to this commentary than simple exposition. A quick perusal of the footnotes will show that Zuck is well aware of the literature on the Book of Job and the possible interpretations of difficult passages. His explanations of the various speeches of the “friends” of Job clearly point out their main arguments against Job.

Of special interest to this reviewer was Zuck’s discussion of the interrelation of the speeches and the answers of Job to their objections. The problem of whether Zophar gave a third speech is dealt with in some detail. Also the problem of whether the discourse of Elihu should be part of the book is handled well. With regard to the speeches by God and the conclusion of the Book of Job, Zuck points out that “God, to be God, must be totally free. If God is predictable or is responsible to man, He ceases to be God…. Instead of searching frantically for an elusive answer to the perennial ‘why?’ the Christian can enjoy life by resting in God” (p. 191).

This commentary should be on every Bible student’s shelf for it will fill that gap where a clear explanation of the Book of Job is needed.

L. A. Barbieri

Creation and the Flood: An Alternative to Flood Geology and Theistic Evolution. By Davis A. Young. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1977. 217 pp. $6.95.

In this major work, a Christian geologist (associate professor of geology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington) delineates a modification of the older “day-age” theory. He champions total inerrancy of

the Bible, and reflects the stance of his late famous father, Edward J. Young, able defender of orthodoxy and champion of total inerrancy in such excellent books as Thy Word Is Truth.

The author views theistic evolution as “a house built on sand,” the title of his second chapter. He virtually demolishes this house, brick by brick, in his strong rejection of any form of theistic evolution. Then he also differentiates himself from the position of the young-earth-and-Flood-geology model of origins, such as that espoused by Henry M. Morris and John C. Whitcomb in The Genesis Flood. In this differentiation, Young asserts that if their position is true, he as a professional geologist, in effect, is wasting his time attempting to follow his career and interpret the record of the rocks (p. 54). Having enun...

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