Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 137:548 (Oct 1980)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

The Roots of Evil. By Norman L. Geisler. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1978. 96 pp. Paper, $2.95.

In a well-outlined and carefully organized manner, Geisler (professor of systematic theology at Dallas Seminary) succinctly summarizes various philosophical approaches to the problem of evil. He simplifies and clarifies many major systems of thought and their approaches to this difficult question. He weighs issues logically, and shows ultimately that an “all-powerful God can defeat evil without destroying free choice” (p. 39). Geisler defends both the sovereignty of God and the responsibilityof man as he steers a careful and biblical course of straight thinking through the dilemma facing serious searchers in this realm of study. He opts for no easy or pat answers, but holds out the biblical dimension of God’s Word as the ultimate answer to the problem of evil. The deep question of eternal separation in hell from a loving God for those who do not believe God’s truth is openly and straightforwardly dealt with also. Helpful differentiation between moral and physical evil is cogently explained. All in all, the book merits a wide and careful reading and study.

F. R. Howe

The History of the Religion of Israel: An Old Testament Theology. By John Howard Raven. 1933. Reprint. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1979. 685 pp. $9.95.

This new release of a study by one of the great Reformed Old Testament scholars of a past generation is to be welcomed by present students of Old Testament theology. While conservative studies of the subject of more recent date are available (notably those by J. Barton Payne and

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.). this synthesis will be read with profit by all who seek to understand the theology of the Old Testament.

It must be observed that conservative evangelical scholarship has yet to produce any study at all which would constitute what this book is titled in the first place, namely, a history of the religion of Israel. So far as this reviewer is aware, nothing more than one or two brief articles can be pointed out in all the literature on this subject. It should be said that this is a gap which is in significant need of being closed in the elucidation of Old Testament truth by those who maintain a confidence in the veracity of the records.

W. R. Bodine

An Analytical Concordance to the Revised Standard Version of the New Testament. By Clinton Morrison. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1979. xxv + 773 pp. $45.00.

The Bible reader or scholar who uses the RSV New Testament will find this an excel...

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