Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Westminster Theological Journal
Volume: WTJ 29:2 (May 1967)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

ed. Charles F. Pfeiffer: The Biblical World. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House. 1966. 612. $8.95.

Martin Noth: The Old Testament World (translated by Victor I. Gruhn). Philadelphia: Fortress Press. 1966. xxii, 404. $8.00.

Athanasius Yeshue Samuel: Treasure of Qumran. Philadelphia: Westminster Press. MCMLXVI. 208. $2.65.

James Kelso: Archaeology and our Old Testament Contemporaries. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. 1966. 192. $4.95.

Helmer Ringgren: Israelite Religion (translated by David E. Green). Philadelphia: Fortress Press. 1966. xvi, 391. $7.50.

Christoph Barth: Introduction to the Psalms (translated by R. A. Wilson). New York: Scribner’s. 1966. 87. $2.95.

Norman W. Porteous: Daniel. Philadelphia: Westminster Press. 1965. 173. $4.00.

Studies on the Books of Hosea and Amos (Papers read at the 7th and 8th Meetings of Die O.T. Werkgemeenskap in Suid-Afrika). Potchefstroom: Pro Rege/Pers Beperk. 169.

Knut Stenring: The Enclosed Garden. Stockholm: Almquist & Wiksell. 1965. 101. Sw. Kr. 18.

Edwin R. Thiele: The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings (Revised edition). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 1965. xxvi, 232. $6.00.

To provide in succinct and popular form a survey of archaeological discovery is to perform a useful service, and it is that service which Dr. Pfeiffer has rendered in his splendidly edited publication, The Biblical World. As the subtitle indicates, this work is a dictionary of Biblical Archaeology. The entry “Archaeology” presents a clear survey of the methods and history of archaeological study as it pertains to the Scriptures. This is followed by a very helpful survey of “Archaeologists and Their Work”. The information herein presented could only with difficulty be obtained elsewhere. Hence, the student who is unable to consult the various technical journals can here find a unique panorama of the work that archaeologists have been doing.

Of particular significance also are the entries on the various countries of antiquity and their relationship to the Bible. Biblical entries as such are comparatively infrequent, although there are articles on various biblical characters as these relate to the field of archaeology. At times one could wish that the articles were more extensive, as, for example, that on “Abraham”, but on the other hand it must be remembered that this is a popular book. On the whole the work is extremely well done, and credit must be given to the editors (E. Leslie Carlson, ...

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