Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 18:3 (Fall 1975)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

Speaking in Tongues by Joseph Dillon (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1975, 191 pages, $1.75) is a valuable help to pastors on this ever important question. The author approaches the subject by answering seven key questions about the tongues practice today and then answers them from the Bible. Three of the seven questions are: (1) What is the gift of tongues and its purpose? (2) Is the gift of tongues for everyone and should all Christians seek it? and (3) Did the gift of tongues pass from the church? The author writes in a kind and gracious manner. He concludes from the Bible that the Biblical gift of tongues (languages) is not for today. Its original function was to give unbelieving Israel a sign of God’s judgment upon them. To pray for tongues in contrary to the Word of God (pp. 38-42). This book provides excellent substance for a series of messages on the tongues question.

—Gordon H. Lovik

Educational Ideals in the Ancient World by William Barclay (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, 1974 reprint, 288 pages, $3.95) provides much helpful information about education in the ancient world of the Jews, Sparta, Athens, Rome, the Pagans and the early church. Pastors and educators will find much historical data of both the good and bad in the training of children in the ancient world. Perhaps through reading this volume Christian educators will be stimulated to carefully analyze their ideals and practices in the training of children today. A helpful volume. To state Barclay’s conclusion: “As the church saw it, the school is at best only an adjunct to the home. It is the parent who is responsible for bringing the child into the world and it is the parent who is responsible for bringing the child to God.”

—Gordon H. Lovik

I Saw Heaven Opened by Michael Wilcock (Inter-Varsity Press, Downers Grove, III., 1975, 223 pages, $3.95 paper) is an exposition (not an exegesis) of the book of Revelation written from an amillennial viewpoint. His constant allegorizing of the text robs the reader” of most of what is good in Revelation.

—Gordon H. Lovik

New Dimensions in New Testament Study by Richard N. Long-enecker and Merrill C. Tenney, ed.,( (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1974, 386 pages, $8.95) consists of twenty-four articles first presented

at the 25th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. The articles are both scholarly and conservative. The nature of the subject matter relates to the classroom rather than the pulpit. The subject matter falls under four categories: (1) Canon text and background, (2) Jesus and the Gospels, (3) Apostolic history, and (4) Paul a...

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