Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 140:559 (Jul 1983)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

The Bib Sac Reader: Commemorating Fifty Years of Publication by Dallas Theological Seminary, 1934–1983. Edited by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck. Chicago: Moody Press, 1983. x + 278 pp. Paper, $ 7.95.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dallas Seminary’s publication of Bibliotheca Sacra, Moody Press and Dallas Seminary have teamed up to offer a compilation of 21 outstanding Bib Sac articles that have appeared over the last decade. The articles are grouped into Theological Studies, Biblical Studies, and Ministerial Studies; and they were written by Dallas Seminary faculty members and other major evangelical theologians and scholars.

Some of the topics addressed in the volume are inerrancy, premillennialism and pretribulationism, the purpose of the sign gifts, evangelical feminism, and priorities for the local church. The articles were selected for their variety, clarity, and timeliness in addressing issues of importance for the church today. The general index and index of Scripture at the end of the book provide a handy guide for locating a specific discussion on any topic or passage included in the volume.

This book is a good discussion of topics with which every pastor or teacher should be familiar. It would also make an excellent gift to a pastor who might not yet be familiar with Bibliotheca Sacra.

C. H. Dyer

Christianity and the Age of the Earth. By Davis A. Young. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House. 1982. 188 pp. Paper, $7.95.

The author, son of the late Edward J. Young (defender of historic orthodoxy and biblical inerrancy) is a professional field geologist and

currently associate professor of geology at Calvin College. This book presents the detailed argumentation from many scientific sources for the position that the earth is old, and that the Bible can be interpreted in the light of this old-earth model just as acceptably as from the young-earth model. The late Merrill F. Unger, Old Testament scholar and Dallas Seminary faculty member for many years, presented a viable exegetical option for interpreting Genesis 1 with a primordial or original creation in the dim past even prior to the events recorded in Genesis 1:1–3 (Bibliotheca Sacra 115 [January-March 1958]: 27-35). Furthermore many capable Old Testament scholars living today who hold to total inerrancy find solid exegetical grounds for defending this “pre-Genesis 1:1 original creation” model.

Thus modern defenders o...

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