Book Notices -- By: Anonymous
RAR 8:4 (Fall 1999) p. 229
Living In The Gap Between Promise And Reality: The Gospel According To Abraham, Iain M. Duguid. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian & Reformed (1999). 167 pages, paper, $12.99.
Tremper Longman III and J. Alan Groves have teamed up to edit a new series, designed for pastors and laypeople, titled The Gospel in the Old Testament. Their aim is to revive interest in showing how the Old Testament points forward to Jesus Christ. If the first two volumes in the series are any indication, this will be an extremely useful series for biblical preachers. Work such as this is long overdue to my way of thinking.
Particular help is available in this volume on Abraham. Duguid, who is an assistant professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in California, writes clearly and practically. He shows how Abraham points to Christ and is an important part of the larger story of redemption. He avoids moralizing the story and sees the big picture plainly. Highly recommended for careful preachers of Genesis as material that will stimulate both rich thought and Christocentric preaching, both much needed in our time.
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Faith In The Face Of Apostasy: The Gospel According To Elijah And Elisha, Raymond B. Dillard. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian & Reformed (1999). 168 pages, paper, $12.99.
This is the second volume in the new series cited above. The late Raymond Dillard, a much-beloved Old Testament professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, who passed away in 1993, wrote this particular one. Dillard introduces the reader to the lives of Elijah and Elisha with the skill of an adept writer but with the sensitivity of a person who experienced in life the very lessons he draws from the text.
Ray Dillard had the uncanny ability to dig deeply, yet to speak plainly. I had the privilege to spend an interesting evening in his presence a few months before his untimely death. His gifts were both eminent and broad in scope. They shine brightly through this present volume. I encourage biblical expositors to read this book and use it to prime the pump for solid preaching.
Dictionary Of The Presbyterian And Reformed Tradition In America, D. G. Hart, General Editor, with Mark A. Noll, Consulting Editor. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press (1999). 286 pages, paper, $16.99.
This appears to be a companion volume to an earlier InterVarsity work on the Baptists. Following a concise and readable format this volume is an extremely useful work which covers the ideas, events, people, movements, practices, institutions and various denominations...
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