Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 143:572 (Oct 1986)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

The Story of Your Bible: What Every Christian Should Know about It. By H. G. Mackay. Kansas City, KS: Walterick Publishers, 1985. 96 pp. Paper, $2.95.

This little volume for quick reference and review of all the major aspects of bibliology will serve Christian laymen very well. The author covers all the essential ground though necessarily very briefly in spots. He acknowledges his preference for the King James Version of the Bible for general use but has appreciation for other translations as well.

R. P. Lightner

Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts. By David Allan Hubbard. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1985. 132 pp. $9.95.

The title of this small volume by the president of Fuller Theological Seminary aroused this reviewer’s interest. Among other things a discussion of the gifts listed in the New Testament was expected along with an unwrapping of their meaning. Reference is made to the major passages—Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, 1 Peter 4—but very little discussion of their actual contents is included. The purchaser may be disappointed when he discovers that over 20 of the 132 pages are blank and many others are only half used.

R. P. Lightner

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology. 3 vols. 2d ed. Edited by Leslie A. Shepard. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 198–85. 1,670 pp. $225.

This set is subtitled “A compendium of information on the occult sciences, magic, demonology, superstitions, spiritism, mysticism, metaphysics, psychical science, and parapsychology, with biographical and

bibliographical notes and comprehensive indexes.” This just about tells the whole story except that the compendium fills 1,617 pages.

Since even the hunches of this reviewer seldom pan out, he is hardly qualified to evaluate a work on occultism and parapsychology. However, selected articles on some key subjects in the fields appear to be accurate, thorough, and comprehensive. The articles are clearly and simply written in language laypersons can understand. The format and typography of the work make it easy to find and read material. For occasions when information on these subjects is needed, this is the reference work to use.

J. A. Witmer

The Cambridge History of Judaism. Vol. 1; Introduction: The Persian Period. Edited by W. D. Davies and Louis Finkelstein. Cambridge: Cambridge University P...

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