Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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The Revelation of St. John (Tyndale Series) by Leon Morris (Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1969, 263 pp., $4.50). The value of a commentary on Revelation depends greatly on the eschatological views of the interpreter. In this volume Dr. Morris weaves a path among the many schools of interpretation and leaves the reader in a “quandry.” That a dispensationalist will not find his work helpful can be seen from his discussion of Revelation 20. The author rejects a literal Jewish millennium and indicates it probably is a reign of martyrs in heaven (p. 234). The reign occurs at no specified time and its length is not for 1000 years. Like the binding of Satan, the length is “for the perfect period.” He also seems to teach one general resurrection (p. 238). While the author does not state his eschatological position, his views correspond to the amillennial school.
Much of Rev. 4–22 is interpreted symbolically, as is illustrated by the following: Israel symbolizes the church (p. 163); measuring of the temple (cf. p. 144); the 1260 days symbolize only a time “of measurable duration and that they (believers) will be delivered out of it” (p. 147).
The only profitable portion of the book is found in Revelation 2, 3 where he maintains that “the letters are to real churches” only. A dispensationalist will be disappointed when reading this book.
—Gordon H. Lovik
Your Adversary the Devil by J. Dwight Pentecost (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1969, 191 pp., $4.95) may be characterized by the words complete, clear, and conservative. Its
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twenty chapters include all special revelation about Satan from his fall to his final destiny. The presentation is not stiffly theological nor technical, but employs clear statement and adequate illustration. The true-to-the-Bible convictions of the author commend this work alike to layman, preacher or scholar. Christians can all profit from teachings of Scripture on “Putting the Adversary to Flight” and “Trafficking with Demons.”
The Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas edited by E. M. Blaiklock (Zondervan Pub., Grand Rapids, Mich., 1969, 491 pp., $9.95). Editor E. M. Blaiklock and nine other contributors present an historical geography with pictures and appropriate maps. This work is not properly an atlas. Most of the nearly five hundred pages present a conservative study of the Old and New Testament, especially after 1000 B.C. The section of t...
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