BIBLE STUDY BOOKS; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 

St. Mark, by I.H. Marshall; 64 pp., $.I .25 (paper).

St. Luke, by E.M. Blaiklock; 94 pp., $1.25 (paper). 

St. John, by R.E. Nixon; 85 pp., $1.25 (paper). 

Acts, by R.P. Martin; 90 pp., $1.25 (paper). 

I Corinthians – Galatians, by R.P. Martin; 126 pp., $1.25 (paper). 

These books are not commentaries in the strict sense of the word. They are intended as helps for daily Bible study somewhat on the order of “Daily Manna.” Yet they are not primarily meditations on various texts, but brief expositions. The material is divided in such a way that each book contains enough for three months of work. Eventually the set is intended to include volumes on the whole Bible. They are much too brief to serve as useful commentaries and could conceivably be of greatest value to one who has almost no knowledge of Scripture but who sets himself to make a systematic study of all the books. The soundness and value of the individual books vary considerably with the author. 

THE TREASURY OF ALEXANDER WHYTE, edited by R.G. Turnbull; Baker Book, House, 1968; 256 pp., $1.95 (paper)

Selected sermons from this noted Scats preacher who, for many years occupied the pulpit of Free St. George’s Church, Edinburgh. Not always expository, often embellished with much speculation and imagination, the sermons of this man who is often called “the last of the Puritans” are excellent reading and will give many pleasant hours to one who drinks at their waters. 

THE HARVEST OF MEDIEVAL THEOLOGY, by Heiko Oberman; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1968; 495 pp. $3.95 (paper)

The author, in this very technical and learned book, treats the theology of Gabriel Biel who lived in the 14th Century. But his purpose is far broader than an evaluation of the theological position of one man. He uses his discussion of Biel to evaluate the whole of Medieval theology (in distinction from Medieval philosophy), the important role which nominalism played in the pre-reformation era and the influence of medieval theology on the 16th Century Reformers, particularly Martin Luther. The author places Biel “somewhere in between” Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther but leaves the particular study of Luther for some later volume. It is a book written for theologians and historians. While the author’s theses are sometimes overworked, the book is a valuable addition to medieval studies and is an aid in understanding the theological conflict which resulted in the Reformation.

Books for the Lenten Season. 


by the Rev. Herman Hoeksema

In thinking on the meaning of the Crucifixion and our glorious salvation, we do well to ponder the supreme cost. In this meditation is given some timely help in understanding certain deeper aspects of that suffering.

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