Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 22:2 (Summer 1979)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Christ In The Old Testament by James A. Borland. Chicago: Moody Press, 1978, paper, 195 pages, $4.95. Reviewed by Dr. Rolland D. McCune.

This volume is one of the most helpful available on the relatively obscure subject of Old Testament Christophanies. It is a doctoral dissertation from Grace Theological Seminary yet is not heavy with theological nomenclature and abstractions. It still retains the thesis format although this is not distracting; it is probably helpful, considering the subject.

Borland defines Christophanies as “those unsought, intermittent and temporary, visible and audible manifestations of God the Son in human form, by which God communicated something to certain conscious human beings on earth prior to the birth of Jesus.” Nearly every (if not all) Old Testament passage dealing with Christophanies is handled. There is an

appendix dealing with the history of the interpretation of Christophanies and another appendix ably showing that Melchizedek was not a Christophany. The book is recommended.

Mrs. C.H. Spurgeon by Charles Ray. Pasadena, Texas: Pilgrim Publications, a 1979 reprint of a 1903 edition, 119 pages, no price. Reviewed by Dr. G.W. Dollar.

A few books have been written to try to analyze the model pastor’s wife. This one tries and fails in most ways. That “Suzy” Spurgeon was kind, affectionate, and companionable to C.H. no one would doubt. That she was more spiritual than thousands of ordinary Christian wives is not evident in this small paperback, a reprint of a 1903 story by Charles Ray.

In only one way could Mrs. Spurgeon help a pastor’s wife today. Because she was an invalid she gave herself to a most useful activity—the Book Fund which provided thousands of books for needy Baptist pastors. In her weakness she found a ministry and blessed untold thousands. She was a keeper at home and exemplary in conduct. She was willing to give her husband’s ministry special priority—a notable example for all pastor’s wives. On the other hand, the book abounds in weaknesses such as her discernment as to issues, her own spiritual knowledge, her work with ladies at the Tabernacle, her reading familiarity, and many others. .

Old Landmarkism and the Baptists by Bob L. Ross. Pasadena, Texas: Pilgrim Publications, 1979, 188 pages, no price. Reviewed by Dr. George W. Dollar.

For some years, Brother Ross has been struggling with the claims and contentions of the Landmarkers, especially of the American Baptist Association. In this work, he produces the fruits of those studies and controversies. Rightly so, he believes there ...

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