Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Conservative Theological Journal
Volume: CTJ 06:18 (Aug 2002)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

The Theocratic Kingdom by George Peters, Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2000, approx. 2165 pp., cloth, $149.99

Happily, this 3-volume classic has been reprinted by Kregel in recent years. Originally published in 1884, this set was likely the most exhaustive study of Bible prophecy available until Pentecost wrote Things to Come in 1958. George N. H. Peters (1825–1909) was a Lutheran pastor in Ohio who had a tremendous interest in eschatology.

The layout of the work is unique. It doesn’t have chapters but is a compilation of answers to 206 questions, or propositions as he called them. Peters was not pretribulational in his theology (p. 118), but he was most definitely premillennial, forcefully arguing for the distinction between the Church and the Kingdom. The three detailed indeces (Scripture, Authors/Books/Periodicals, and Subject) cover nearly 90 pages.

One is strongly encouraged to purchase this set now while it is still on the market.

Charles H. Ray,
Associate Editor

Exploring the Scriptures: An Overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation by John Phillips, Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2001, 256 pp., cloth, $17.99

Dr Phillips has organized an excellent overview of all 66 books of the Bible. Beginning with Genesis and going through Revelation he summarizes each book and presents its key ideas in about 2–3 pages. Each summary contains an outline of the book including any relevant charts, maps, or pictures. Each chapter consists of a book summary except when, where relevant, certain books are grouped together because of content, such as 1 and 2 Samuel. A

few chapters, which are not summaries, are dispersed throughout the book and provide introductions to major sections of Scripture. Some of these chapters discuss Hebrew poetry, the prophets, and the silent years between testaments. The book discusses each book of the Bible in the order in which it occurs in Scripture. There is, however, one exception to this: the prophets. The prophetic books are discussed in their historical order so that the reader can gain an understanding of the events of those books in their historical context. When reading certain books of the Bible it is easy to get lost in all the details without understanding the big idea of the book. If this is a common occurrence in your reading, this is the book for you!

Jason Weaver,
New Tribes Bible Institute,
Waukesha, WI

Christianity for Skeptics: An Understandable Explanation of Christian Belief by Steve Kumar, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2000, 190 pp., pape...

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