Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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The Book of Isaiah from the New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Bible Publishers, 1975, 162 pages, paper, $1.95). Reviewed by Dr. Rolland D. McCune.
This is the first portion of the Old Testament in this project to be published. The New Testament version came out in 1973.
Isaiah has the earmarks of a thoroughly evangelical and Biblicist translation. It is written in good, up-to-date, and dignified English. The poetry is written in such a manner that the flow of parallelisms and other niceties of Hebrew poetry are not only translated well but are visually structured to give the maximum appreciation of the literature.
Probably the most crucial text is the virgin prophecy in 7:14. The translators have correctly used the word virgin for ‘almah, with no alternate word (such as maiden, girl, etc.) even allowed in the margin. This is a most welcome display of forthright Biblicist scholarship that does not defer to unbelieving criticism.
The reviewer would like to have seen italics employed to show where the translators supplied words to make better English sense. If the rest of the Old Testament is done as well as Isaiah in this version, it will be a significant contribution to Biblical translation.
The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, Vol. I: A - F. Edited by Colin Brown. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1975, 822 pages, $24.95). Reviewed by Professor R. David Barnhart.
This volume is not for laymen. It is the first of a planned three volume set (Vol. II, early 1977; Vol. Ill, early 1978). The NIDNTT is a translation and revision of a German work entitled Theologisches Begriffslexikon zum Neuen Testament. This book is an invaluable tool for preachers, teachers, and anyone interested in the study of the thought of the New Testament. It is a mine of information that will be
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of much service to the readers of this quarterly because it is basically a work of conservative scholarship.
The volume begins with a glossary of technical terms (128 items) which extends from Allegory to Zealot. This section will introduce the student to the concepts and problem areas of the contemporary theological world in a complete and succinct manner.
The main text has an English key word listing of the various terms treated with the appropriate Greek words (with transliteration). In each case, each item is examined against its background in Old Testament, Classical Greek, Rabbinic teaching and New Testament contexts. The scope of the articles is...
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