Book Notices -- By: Anonymous
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The Spirit within You: The Church’s Neglected Possession. By A. M. Stibbs and J. I. Packer. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1979. 93 pp. Paper, $2.50.
Stibbs and Packer seek to explain crucial aspects of the work of the Holy Spirit in harmony with their own Anglican (Episcopal) church tradition. Originally, the material was published by the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion. The study provides laymen with a good treatment of the issues from that perspective.
R. P. Lightner
The Future Explored. By Timothy P. Weber. Wheaton, IL: SP Publications, Victor Books, 1978. 132 pp. Paper, $2.95.
Weber is assistant professor of church history at the Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He stresses the major points on which all evangelicals agree in their view of last things. Beyond these it is not clear that the reader will know what to know and believe (though the series in which this book appears is the “Victor Know and Believe Series”). The book is marked by an attitude of openness on the varied interpretations of specifics related to eschatology, though the author leans toward posttribulationism.
For this reviewer the major contribution of the book is the emphasis placed on the relationship of one’s view of eschatology to daily Christian living.
R. P. Lightner
Israel’s Final Holocaust. By Jack Van Impe. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1979. 172 pp. $6.95.
This is a dramatic presentation of end-time events as they concern Israel, written from the premillennial and pretribulational standpoint. In most important respects, the author follows normal interpretation. The
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book will serve to dramatize and detail end-time events from a layman’s point of view.
J. F. Walvoord
By the Waters of Babylon. By James D. Newsome, Jr. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1979. 176 pp. Paper, $7.95.
The purpose and content of this moderately critical work are summarized well in its subtitle, “An Introduction to the History and Theology of the Exile.” Though helpful as a historical survey of the period, particularly because of its numerous interconnections between biblical and secular source materials, the book suffers theologically because of its assumptions regarding Second Isaiah, Daniel, the Ezra-Nehemiah priority, and other matters. Newsome illustrates well the fact that correct theological conclusions cannot be reached on the basis of faulty historical-critical presuppositions and methods.
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