Reviews Of Books -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Westminster Theological Journal
Volume: WTJ 40:1 (Fall 1977)
Article: Reviews Of Books
Author: Anonymous

Reviews Of Books

John Murray: The Claims of Truth. Collected Writings of John Murray, Vol. I. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth, 1976. 374. $10.95.

It is appropriate to begin this review with an expression of gratitude and indebtedness to The Banner of Truth for undertaking to collect and publish the writings of John Murray, for over 35 years the distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology in Westminster Theological Seminary. The author had consented to this project, and work was well underway when he died on May 8, 1975. Far from being discouraged by this loss, the publishers have sensed the greater urgency of completing the project. Volume I, The Claims of Truth, is now available, and the editor, Iain Murray, hopes to have Volume II in the United States by December, 1977.

Volume I includes 49 shorter writings that are either impossible or difficult to locate. Most are designed for the general public. The more technical, theological writings will appear in later volumes of the planned four-volume series.

Because of Professor Murray’s death, more responsibility has devolved upon the editor for the selection and arrangement of materials. The scope has been extended beyond what the author in his modesty might have been willing to offer, but the results have justified the editor’s wisdom in this matter. Not only the contents, but the quality of the volume itself as a product of the publisher’s art is a fitting tribute to one whom we continue to love and respect as a father in the faith.

Dust jackets do not usually find their way into reviews, but the covering of this book does because of the beautifully executed color reproduction of the portrait of John Murray which hangs in Machen Hall of Westminster Seminary. Perhaps the publisher can be persuaded to give it a more permanent place as a frontispiece in one of the forthcoming volumes.

The writings included in Volume I come from virtually the whole range of Murray’s ministry, from 1935 to 1973. In many instances the source and date is indicated. Unfortunately this information was not

always available to the editor. Most of the footnotes belong to the writings themselves, but since not all of them do some method should be found to differentiate between material inserted by the editor and the text of the author. The promised index at the end of Volume IV will be of immense help in making this collection of miscellaneous writing more useful as a reference work.

Reading John Murray is always a pleasure, not only for what he says, but also for his manner of speaking. We are reminded that wisdom does not necessarily require a multitude of words, and tha...

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