Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 16:4 (Winter 1973)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

Historical Geography of the Holy Land by George A. Turner (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, 1973, 394 pp., $11.95) is a welcomed volume on historical geography. The author is a professor of biblical literature at Asbury Theological Seminary. His experiences in the land, in teaching and in study have enabled him to produce a book which will be of great value to Bible students in schools and in homes. The approach of the book is to take the land section by section, as did George Adam Smith, and bring to bear upon that section the sequence and significance of historical events. The author has availed himself of the best books in the preparation of this volume as is evidenced by footnotes. The book is made more valuable by the index of Scripture references and the twenty-six colored maps. This book is highly recommended as a textbook, reference book and a book to prepare one for a visit to the Holy Land.

—Larry R. Thornton

The Teaching Ministry of the Pulpit by Craig Skinner (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, 1973, 255 pp., $5.95) is an analysis of the pastor as teacher viewed from the perspectives of history, theology, psychology and modern practice. The author is an Australian Baptist educator who has done post-graduate studies and pastoral work in the United States.

Because the scope of the book is rather broad, the author was limited to a brief survey of the historical development of teaching as a part of pulpit ministry. The bulk of his analysis from a theological viewpoint is a generally helpful exposition of Ephesians 4:11–13, with one chapter devoted to the relation of teaching to preaching.

The most beneficial chapters of the book for the average preacher will be those which deal with communication, planning, structure and presentation. The biggest disappointment is the author’s failure to repudiate the educational principles of John Dewey after demonstrating the humanistic and non-Biblical results which have been produced when they were applied to Christian education.

—Donald Odens

The Craft of Sermon Illustration by-William E. Sangster (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, 1973, 125 pp., $1.95 paper) is the reprint of an excellent handbook for preachers first published in England in 1946. The author was known as one of the outstanding preachers of Great Britain during World War II. The

book includes chapters concerning the values of sermon illustration, the variety of types and sources of illustrations, and practical suggestions for their selection and use. There are numerous examples of excellent illustrations which any pr...

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