ISRAEL, A BIBLICAL VIEW, by William Sanford La Sor; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1976; 108 pp., $2.45 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.)
William LaSor, professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, has written a book in support of his premillennial views. Proceeding from an incorrect view of election, he interprets a number of prophecies in the Old Testament as referring only to the nation of Israel. His view of election is rather old: the nation of Israel is God’s choice of this nation above all others for the service of the Gentiles. On this view he hangs his premillennial conception of the future of Israel. When Israel again assumes the responsibility of her calling, she will be restored to her own land and the whole world will be converted. Only in heaven shall both Israel and the Church become one.
CONTINENTAL PIETISM AND EARLY AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY, Edited by F. Ernest Stoeffler; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1976; 276 pp., $4.95, (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko).
With chapters written by a number of different men, this book deals at length with Pietistic influences in early American history and attempts to show that Pietism had a far greater influence on American religious, political, and social thought than had previously been admitted. The following pietistic movements are discussed in some detail: Pietism in Lutheranism; Reformed Pietism; Mennonite thought; Moravianism; Methodism; the Pietism of the Brethren Churches. While the thesis seems to us to be somewhat exaggerated, the book is full of interesting historical data on the Pietistic movement in our country’s history, and it is well worth reading f