Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 140:560 (Oct 1983)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

The Bible Knowledge Commentary. New Testament Edition. Edited by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck. Wheaton, IL: SP Publications, Victor Books, 1983. 991 pp. $19.95.

The New Testament Edition of The Bible Knowledge Commentary, authored by 20 Dallas Theological Seminary faculty members and edited under the guidance of the editors of Bibliotheca Sacra, is characterized by consistency in theology as well as clarity in expression. The general unanimity in theology and biblical interpretation is due primarily to the Dallas Seminary faculty’s united commitment to the Bible’s inerrancy and to historical-grammatical interpretation of Scripture within the framework of a conservative, evangelical, premillennial, and dispensational theology.

Based on the New International Version, The Bible Knowledge Commentary includes for each book an introduction, outline, commentary, and bibliography. Fifty-three maps, charts, and diagrams help clarify the biblical text. For example, the commentary on the Book of Acts includes maps on Paul’s missionary journeys, and charts or diagrams concerning (a) parallels in the ministries of Peter and Paul; (b) the sermons and speeches in Acts; (c) a genealogical chart of the high priestly family of Annas; (d) the correlation of Paul’s 13 epistles with the period of their writing on Paul’s journeys and during his imprisonments; and (e) a comparison of the occasions of speaking in tongues in Acts. The heart of the commentary is the verse-by-verse exposition explaining key words, phrases, and doctrines within the context of the argument of each New Testament book.

The volume is enhanced by the theological and biblical acumen and editorial skill and experience of its editors—John F. Walvoord,

Dallas Seminary president, and Roy B. Zuck, Dallas Seminary associate academic dean. Stanley D. Toussaint was the consulting editor for the New Testament edition of this commentary.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary is designed for both pastors and lay persons, whether advanced or beginning Bible students. The commentary, like Dallas Seminary, will no doubt be recognized as distinctive. The Old Testament edition of the commentary, a separate volume, is scheduled for publication in 1985.

F. D. Lindsey

Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties. By Gleason L. Archer. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1982. 476 pp. $16.95.

The professor of Old Testament and Semitic studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is well qualified to write this volume. Archer’s academic background, extensive teaching and pastoral experience, a...

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