Page 18 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 6 (1947-1948)

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The yearly output of theological writings by Christian scholars
includes, as usual, a good number of publications in which the
Bible, its history and teachings are dealt with. Although they are
all Christological, many of them are in one way or another helpful
even to the Jew who seeks a proper understanding of his Sacred
Scripture. Such a book as
How to read the Bible
by Edgar J.
Goodspeed (Philadelphia, John C. Winston Co., 1946) will cer-
tainly find its way into the hands of many a Jewish reader. Al-
though Christological in character the book is of use also to the
non-Christian student of the Bible because of the arrangements
and outlines of the biblical material — biography, history, poetry,
prophecy, philosophy, drama, fiction, visions, letters and devo-
tional writings. The chronological tables, the chapter on Bible
translations and numerous other suggestions are of much help.
The re-discovery of the Old Testament
by Harold Henry Rowley
(Philadelphia, Westminster, 1946), a competent scholar discusses
the religious value of the Book despite the inroads modern criticism
and science have made in the realm of its interpretation.
distinctive idea of the Old Testament
by Norman Henry Snaith
(Philadelphia, Westminster, 1946) offers an interesting discussion
of the debt owed by Christianity to the Bible. Professor Millar
Burrows’ text-book entitled
An outline of biblical theology
delphia, Westminster, 1946) is Christological in character. How-
ever, unlike other works of a similar character it presents a fair
attitude towards the Pharisees. In this and in other respects, too,
the work is of interest to Jews. Although Christological,
Eyes of
fa i th ;
a study in the biblical point of view by Paul Sevier Minear
(Philadelphia, Westminster, 1946) is a profoundly religious study
of the Bible which reaffirms its basic message in the light of our
own era and in terms of its original environment.
The writings of the prophets are always a source of inspiration
to student and scholar; they are more so to the devoutly religious
who often turn to them for authoritative guidance in m atters of
belief and practice as well. No wonder prophecy is given so much
attention by students of the Bible. Among the books of the year
are several of value in this field of interest, such as
The genius of
the prophets
by W7illiam Arthur Faus (Nashville, Abingdon-Cokes-
bury, 1946) which discusses, systematically and thoroughly, the
various types of religious literature produced by the prophets.
Prophetic religion
by J. Philip H y a tt (Nashville, Abingdon-Cokes-
bury, 1947) offers a penetrating analysis of prophetic thought,
combining sound scholarship with an independence of spirit. How
the so-called Minor Prophets, spoke to our own day as well as to
their own is explained in
The modern message of the minor prophets