Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 15:2 (Summer 1972)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

A Survey of Israel’s History by Leon Wood (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1970, 444 pages, $7.50) is a welcome addition to any pastor’s library. It is indeed refreshing to read a work on the history of Israel that presupposes the verbal inerrancy of the Bible, employs a literal or normal interpretation of Scripture, and incorporates the extensive findings of archaeology that bear on the subject. Dr. Wood has admirably succeeded in bringing these things together in this book. It is thoroughly conservative in its approach to the problems of Old Testament history.

The early date of the Exodus (15th century B.C.) is defended principally from the notices of I Kings 6:1 and Judges 11:26, and the necessary time required for the period of the Judges. This is much preferred over the late date (13th century B.C.) put forth recently by otherwise conservative scholars such as Charles Pfeiffer, R. K. Harrison, and Arthur Cundall. A 430 year Egyptian sojourn is upheld. A twelfth dynasty Egyptian administration for Joseph is held as over against a Hyksos adminstration.

The book is well outlined, has copious footnotes containing extensive archaeological and historical data, and includes numerous colored, up-to-date maps. The reviewer has adopted this work as a text in a history of Israel course and feels there is nothing finer on this subject available today.

—Rolland D. McCune

The Moral Alternative to Socialism by Irving Howard (Crestwood Books, Inc., P.O. Box 2096, Arlington, Va. 22202, 1971, 216 pages, paper, $4.25) is an apologetic for a free society, a free-enterprise system and an educational system free of State coercion. All of these can exist where the moral law which reflects the nature of God is honored. “Socialism is immoral,” says Professor Howard. Proof of assertions come from the Scriptures, history and contemporary happenings.

Set forth in this book is a good evaluation of John Dewey’s influence on education, of John Keynes’ ideas in America’s economic life and of religious and political and moral life in America. Howard asserts, “John Dewey borrowed the Pavlovian concept for his educational theory. Consequently, under their tutelage, Johnny did not learn to read. He was conditioned to adjust to his social environment.”

About Keynes he observes, “According to the Keynesian system, the consumer does not know what is good for him. These economic decisions should be guided by the experts.” Howard’s clear understanding of religious liberalism reveals that it “put evolution in the place of eschatology ...

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