Studies on the Old Testament, by Frederic L. Godet; Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, 351 pp., (cloth) $10.95 (Reviewed by Prof. R.D. Decker).
Studies on the New Testament, by Frederic L. Godet; Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, 406 pp., (cloth) $10.95 (Reviewed by Prof. R.D. Decker).
Both of these volumes would make worthwhile additions to anyone’s library. Ministers and lay persons alike will find them helpful aids to the study of Holy Scripture. The work on the Old Testament contains chapters on: Angels, The Plan of the Development of Life on Our Earth, The Six Days of Creation, The Four Greater Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel), The Book of Job, The Song of Songs. In addition there are appendices dealing with the Four Monarchies of Daniel 7 and the Seventy Weeks of Daniel 9. Our main criticism of the book is that Godet makes too many concessions to Science in his discussion of the Six Days of Creation in chapter three. The chapter on Angels by itself makes the book worth having.
The volume on the New Testament consists of five chapters on the following subjects: The Origin of the Four Gospels; Jesus Christ as the Son of Man, the Son of God, The God-Man; The Work of Jesus Christ, The Four Principal Apostles (Peter, James, Paul, John); Essay on the Apocalypse, (the latter a summary of the Book of Revelation, nearly one hundred pages in length).
Godet is a good exegete, one committed to the inspired, infallible Scriptures. He was one of the most influential Swiss theologians of the 19th century. He unhesitatingly opposed the liberalism of the Protestant churches and seminaries of his day and was one of the founders of the Free Evangelical Church. From 1873 until his death in 1900 Godet was professor of New Testament Exegesis in the Free Evangelical Theological School on Neuchatel.