Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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The Epistle to the Hebrews: A Commentary by Homer A. Kent, Jr. (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1972, 303 pages, $5.95) is one of the most helpful and useful commentaries on the Book of Hebrews. Its organization of the thought development of the book is exceedingly clear. The author’s conclusions and evidences are well set forth. Other positions are surveyed where these have any bearing on the passage. A pastor preaching expository messages will find this one of his most helpful tools. A person just checking a text in the Book of Hebrews will find each verse adequately treated. Dr. Kent is to be commended for preparing so useable a commentary.
Apostolic History and the Gospel by W. Ward Gasque and Ralph P. Martin (Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1970, 378 pages, $7.95) is a collection of “Biblical and historical essays presented to F. F. Bruce” in honor of his years of dedication to New Testament scholarship. Also included is a personal recounting of F. F. Bruce as a person and a select bibliography of Bruce’s writings from 1933 up to 1970. The 24 essays written by an equal number of essayists give detailed investigation into selected topics covering the book of Acts (part I) and Paul’s epistles and missionary work (part II). The essays are scholastic in approach, that is, in use of the Greek, profuse references to the “scholars,” and abundance of foot-
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notes many of which are from the scholastic journals (German, etc.). For this reason the book will be limited in its use to those doing extensive research in given areas. However, certain essays may be of value to individuals who have particular areas of interest, such as the essay by William Barclay on “A Comparison of Paul’s Missionary Preaching and Preaching to the Church,” or William Martin’s interpretation of I Corinthians 11:2–16 concerning the covering of a woman’s head, or H. L. Ellison’s articles on “Paul and the law—’all things to all men.’ “Basically the book is recommended as a reference volume in school libraries.
—Dell G. Johnson
Christianity and Comparative Religion by J. N. D. Anderson (Inter-Varsity Press, Downers Grove, III., 1970, 126 pages, paper) is a very useful book. J. N. D. Anderson is a common name in the field of Comparative Religion.
The introduction is very helpful in summarizing recent developments in the area of comparative religion specifically in syncretism, mysticism, and dialogue. He says that syncretism is not a new phenomenon as it was found in ancient Israel. He rightly concludes “neither the Christian churc...
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