Genesis, Lange’s Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, by John Peter Lange, D.D. Zondervan Publ. House, Grand Rapids, Mich. Price $3.95.
The reissuing of Lange’s Commentary by the Zondervan Publ. House will, no doubt, be welcomed, not only by theologians, but also by many a general Bible student.
I have in my library a set of Lange’s Bibelwerk in German, and although I cannot agree with his theological views, I nevertheless find that he is quite a thorough and conservative exegete.
The present volume on Genesis is, besides, enriched by many valuable notes by the translators, especially by Prof. Lewis Taylor, who also wrote an introduction in this volume to the First Chapter, in which he discusses such subjects as “The Essential Ideas of Creation”, “the Hexaemeron in its Order”, etc. Together with these notes this first volume covers 665 pages, more than one-fourth more than the original work.
I gladly recommend this commentary on the book of Genesis to all that are interested in the study of Holy Scripture.
The Progress of Doctrine in the New Testament, by Thomas D. Bernard, M. A. Zondervan Publ. House, Grand Rapids, Mich. Price $1.75.
This book contains a series of eight lectures, delivered at the University of Oxford in 1864. It offers very good Christian literature to all that are willing to put on their thinking cap.. The author proceeds from the profound conviction that the Bible is the Word of God, and, besides, his lectures are the fruit of thorough scholarship.
As to the scope and purpose of these lectures, the author writes in a preface: “It may appear to some
to announce the intention of drawing from the New Testament materials for a historical inquiry into the growth of Christian doctrine, as it took place in the minds and under the hands of the apostles. To others it may indicate a purpose of showing that the New Testament itself exhibits a scheme of progressive doctrine. . . .” The last mentioned is the purpose of the author.
Although I seriously doubt whether such a purpose is attainable, nevertheless there is much worthwhile reading material in the book, and I gladly recommend it to our readers.