Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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Vital Biblical Issues. Vital Contemporary Issues. Vital Ministry Issues. Vital Theological Issues. Vital Apologetic Issues. Vital Prophetic Issues. Vital Old Testament Issues. Vital New Testament Issues. Edited by Roy B. Zuck. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1994, 1995, 1996. Each volume: between 232 and 293 pp. Each volume: paper, $12.99.
These eight volumes are the first of ten in a Vital Issues series edited by Zuck, editor of Bibliotheca Sacra and Senior Professor of Bible Exposition Emeritus at Dallas Theological Seminary. The essays have been selected by Zuck from the volumes of Bibliotheca Sacra, the oldest theological journal in continuous publication (153 years) in the Western Hemisphere and published by Dallas Seminary since 1934. Even though Bib Sac has approximately eight thousand subscribers, many of its articles may not be familiar to the general Christian public, a fact true of most professional journals. These volumes will make significant articles on vital issues available to that larger audience.
Though many of the essays are authored by current and former Dallas Seminary professors, including its founder, Lewis Sperry Chafer, many also were written by professors at other schools, missionaries, pastors, and laypersons.
Where appropriate, essays are gathered under major divisions. Contemporary issues are collected under ethical and doctrinal issues; apologetic issues under problems in Christianity, creation and evolution, and biblical reliability; and prophetic issues under millennialism and dispensationalism, and the tribulation. Zuck states that the chapters in each volume “have been edited slightly to provide conformity of style.” The numerous notes are gathered at the end of each volume.
The design of the volumes is excellent. The series provides a helpful service to the Christian public by making meaningful discussions of significant topics available to a much wider readership.
John A. Witmer
Holy Laughter and the Toronto Blessing: An Investigative Report. By James A. Beverly. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1995. 184 pp. $10.99.
The “Toronto Blessing,” a recent phenomenon in the charismatic
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movement, has been spearheaded in a Vineyard movement church in Toronto. In the church meetings adherents in this movement practice excessive laughter or manifest odd behavior such as barking like dogs, roaring like lions, or crawling on the floor.
In this book Beverly, professor of theology and ethics at the Ontario Theological S...
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