WHOSE LAND IS PALESTlNE?, by Frank H. Epp, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1970; 283 pp., $3.95 (paper).
This book is an attempt to solve the vexing problems of the Middle East in a Christian context. The author claims to find the solutions to the perpetual struggle between Jews and Arabs in the Christian religion. The trouble is that his conception of the truth of Scripture is not very accurate. The value of the book is in the vast amount of historical material leading up to the present crisis. Necessary reading for all who wish to understand the roots of the conflict.
THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS, by Menahem Mansoor; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1967; 210 pp., $4.00.
Written in outline form to be used as a college text and study guide, this book contains a wealth of material on all aspects of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is especially recommended for students of textual criticism and for those who are interested in the more technical aspects of these important documents.
THE HOLY SPIRIT, by Arthur W. Pink; Baker Book House, 1970; 193 pp., $3.95.
This is a reprint by a popular author who has gained a reputation over the years for his strict Calvinism. The book is primarily of devotional value, has strong mystical tendencies in some parts of it, and is not always as Calvinistic as one would like. Nevertheless, Pink always makes for excellent reading and the book is recommended to all our readers. For those who have read other books by Pink, this book will not be a disappointment; for those who have not made the acquaintance of this author, this book is an excellent place to start.
REFORMED BISHOPS & CATHOLIC ELDERS, by Eugene P. Heideman; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1970; 267 pp., $6.95.
Aware of the fact that traditional views of church polity, especially views of the offices in the Church, are undergoing re-examination, the author addresses his study in this book to the question of whether traditional ecclesiastical structures are to be preserved in our modern day. The question is approached from a two-fold viewpoint: one is the viewpoint of ecumenism; and in this connection recent decisions by Vatican II, by COCU, and by the WCC’s Faith and Order Commission on this problem are discussed. The second approach is the approach of the relevance of the Church in today’s world. On the jacket appears this quote: “How can the church, as it lives and functions, be more open to the work of God in its midst, in its worship, in its statement of the faith, and in its ministry in the world?”
While the book has considerable historical material in it and while it offers some worthwhile analyses of modern trends in the field of church polity, the author is too ready to sacrifice the principles of Presbyterian church polity as founded on the Scriptures in the interest of furthering ecumenicity and of making the Church a more effective influence in the world.
ONE MOMENT WITH GOD, by Edward L. R. Elson; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1970; 192 pp., $1.95 (paper)
The book contains an extremely short devotional paragraph for each day of the year with a suggested Scripture reading and a short prayer. Here too the emphasis is almost completely on a superficial morality with little that is worthwhile or that leads to a fuller knowledge of God’s revelation in Christ as recorded in Scripture.