Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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I Corinthians. By Irving L. Jensen. Chicago: Moody Bible Institute, 1972 112 pp. $1.50; and Ephesians. Chicago: Moody Bible Institute, 1973. 96 pp. $1.50.
These two thin paperbacks are intended as guides either for private study of the Scripture or for group study with a leader. The volumes are so clearly written that they could be used profitably in a do-it-yourself study by a new Christian. They are fitted with such excellent tips for a book study including outlines, charts, memory devices to help retention, maps, and bibliographical suggestions that they may be profitably used also as teaching aids for a class of serious lay students of the Bible who will be forced to dig into the Biblical text to discover exactly what it really says and not just what the minister or group leader says it says. Questions on controversies among evangelical Christians are usually noted, but the student is directed to Scripture to find his anwser.
Historical Geography of the Holy Land. By George A. Turner. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1973. xvi, 368 pp. $11.95. Old Testament History. By Charles F. Pfeiffer. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1973. 640 pp. $12.95. Baker’s Bible Atlas rev. ed. By Charles F. Pfeiffer, ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1973. 338 pp. $7.95. Reviewed by Ronald C. Scharfe, Head Librarian and Assistant Professor of Bible, Fort Wayne Bible College, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The first of the above works is a highly useful text on the history and geography of the Holy Land produced by George Turner, Professor of Biblical Literature at Asbury Theological Seminary, in Wilmore, Kentucky. It consists of twelve chapters, with a bibliography, index of persons and places, and index of Scripture references. Included in the text are 15 maps (there are 26 maps at the conclusion of the book), and numerous photos strategically placed throughout the work. Unfortunately many of the photos are of a dark complexion and tend to detract from the otherwise over-all pleasing appearance of the book. However the author’s material itself is lucid and indicates his scholarly ability in biblical research. According to the introduction the work was designed to serve as: (1) a reference tool, (2) a textbook for courses on the history and geography of the Holy Land, (3) as a useful guide for tour agencies and their clients, and (4) as a helpful companion in Bible study and exposition.
Charles Pfeiffer’s various works on different aspects of Old Testa-
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ment history have for long been in popular use in seminaries and Bible colleges. This present work is a combination of seven of his former texts and the result is ...
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