THE MINOR PROPHETS, in Lange’s Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Published by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Price $3.95.

This volume on the Minor Prophets in Lange’s Commentary on the Holy Scriptures was originally composed by several authors. It is prefaced by a gen­eral introduction to the prophets (which is very good) by Charles Elliott, professor of exegesis in Chicago, Illinois.

Without entering into detailed criticism and evalu­ation of the work, I may say, in general, that like the other volumes of Lange’s Commentary which I re­viewed in The Standard Bearer, it is characterized by thorough scholarship, sound exegesis, honest dealing with the text, reverence for Holy Scripture as the Word of God, and spiritual, practical application.

This does not imply that I agree with every detail of the exegesis that is offered. I do not agree, e.g., with Dr. Packard’s exegesis of Mal. 1:2-4. He, as many other interpreters of this passage and of Rom. 9:13, explains the verb hate as meaning to love less. The entire passage is in conflict with such a meaning­less interpretation.

However, I heartily recommend this volume, as others, to our readers.


THE ART OF PRAYING AND SPEAKING IN PUBLIC by Herbert Lockyer. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Ra­pids, Michigan. Price 50¢.

I do not agree with many of the remarks by the author in his introductory chapter. That the common people heard our Lord gladly because He carried on the craft of carpenter, is not true. The emphasis on the preaching by laymen without being sent by the church is false and unscriptural.

Nevertheless, apart from these remarks, I consider this a valuable and very practical little book for all who have had no instruction in Homiletics and Public Speaking, and who, nevertheless, desire to become somewhat efficient in speaking in public.