Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
The Macmillan Bible Atlas by Yohanan Aharoni and Michael Avi-Yonah (New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, 184 pages, $14.95), is the finest of the Bible atlases available today. The 262 color maps depict the events from earliest Old Testament history until the Bar Kokhba revolt (132-5 B.C.). There are about thirty maps of the New Testament period and more than forty maps of the Inter-testament period. The explanatory text with the maps includes the latest findings from archaeology and the Dead Sea materials. Many maps portray the great biblical battles with detailed diagrams of the troop movements. This atlas in no way duplicates previous works. It is without a doubt one of the finest contributions to the field of biblical history.
A note of caution must be added. The authors follow the late date of the exodus, and this is reflected in the maps and discussion of those events prior to ca. 1050 B.C. This shortcoming should not detract from the invaluable contribution the authors have made. They have truly illustrated “every biblical event that conceivably lends itself to cartographic interpretation.” Every serious student of scripture should have this work.
—Gordon H. Lovik
Expository Sermons on the Book of Daniel, Vol. I, by W. A. Criswell (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Pub. House, 1968, 123 pages), is an introduction to the book of Daniel and the first of a series yet to come. It is written clearly and in layman’s language for the most part. The author is a pastor and firm Bible-believer who knows his material well. This volume deals with critical attacks on Daniel as well as the historical background of the prophet. It whets the appetite for the forthcoming complete set and will make an excellent companion to Dr. Criswell’s volumes on the book of Revelation.
—Rolland D. McCune
Isaiah—A Study Guide by D. David Garland (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publ. House, 1968, 115 pages, paper, 95c), is a disappointment to anyone who wishes to understand Isaiah. First off, the writer fudges on the authorship, leaving open the possibilities of a Second and Third Isaiah. He is not clear on the meaning of “the Day of the Lord” or “the Lord’s House” in Isaiah two. He is apparently not sure that 7:14 speaks of the virgin birth of Messiah. He speaks of the “new age” for Israel without clearly defining it. The book contains too much simple restatement and paraphrasing of the text of Isaiah and not enough interpretation.
—Rolland D. McCune
Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Vol. VI, Gerhard Friedrich, editor; translated by Geoffrey W. Bromiley (Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1969, 1003 pages, $22.50), like the other volumes of this set, w...
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