Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society is a journal of religion and theology. It was founded in 1958 and is published quarterly by the Evangelical Theological Society.Subjects include religion. The editor is Andreas J. Kostenberger.

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 3, September

Abraham in the Negev: A Source-Critical Investigation of Genesis 20: 1-22:19
Abraham in the Negev: A Source-Critical Investigation of Genesis 20:1-22:19. By T. Desmond Alexander. Carlisle: Paternoster, 1997, ix + 172 pp., $14.99 paper. By his publication of Abraham in the Negev, Alexander adds to his corpus of sourcecritical...
A Defense of the Doctrine of the Eternal Subordination of the Son
Gilbert Bilezikian boldly claims that "nowhere in the Bible is there a reference to a chain of command within the Trinity. Such 'subordinationist' theories were propounded during the fourth century and were rejected as heretical."1 In 1997, the Journal...
A Discourse Analysis of Philippians: Methid and Rhetoric in the Debate over Literary Integrity
A Discourse Analysis of Philippians: Method and Rhetoric in the Debate over Literary Integrity. By Jeffrey T. Reed. JSNTSup 136. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1997, 525 pp., $80.00. Reed says concerning his work: "To my knowledge, it is the first monograph--...
Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament
Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament. By John D. Currid. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997, 269 pp., n.p. Currid's work is the latest study on OT connections with ancient Egypt. Using both primary source material (Biblical and Egyptological) and the most recent...
Archaelogy and Biblical Interpretation
Archaeology and Biblical Interpretation. Edited by John R. Bartlett. London: Routledge, 1997, xv + 176 pp., $18.95 paper. The seven essays in this small publication can be read quite independently of one another. Their common core is that most originated...
Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? Four Views
Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? Four Views. R. B. Gaffin, Jr., R. L. Saucy, C. S. Storms, D. A. Oss. Edited by Wayne Grudem. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, 368 pp., $16.95 paper. Cessationism, the doctrine that "miraculous" spiritual gifts died with...
A Treatise on the Use of the Tenses in Hebrew and Some Other Syntactical Questions
A Treatise on the Use of the Tenses in Hebrew and Some Other Syntactical Questions by S. R. Driver. Introduction by W. R. Garr. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998, lxxxvi + 306 pp., n.p. This volume is a reprint of Driver's 3d edition of Hebrew Tenses ( 1892)....
Baptists in the Balance: The Tension between Freedom and Responsibility
Baptists in the Balance: The Tension Between Freedom and Responsibility. Edited by Everett C. Goodwin, foreword by Bill Moyers. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1997, 416 pp. paper. The subtitle of this collection of essays expresses the major concern of...
Biblical Hermeneneutics: A Comprehensive Introduction to Interpreting Scripture
Biblical Hermeneutics: A Comprehensive Introduction to Interpreting Scripture. Edited by Bruce Corley, Steve Lemke, Grant Lovejoy. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1996, xi + 419 pp., $39.99. This volume is an anthology written by 24 contributors, all...
Biblical Interpretation in the Era of the Reformation: Essays Presented to David C. Steinmetz in Honor of His Sixtieth Birthday
Biblical Interpretation in the Era of the Reformation: Essays Presented to David C. Steinmetz in Honor of His Sixtieth Birthday. Edited by Richard A. Muller and John L. Thompson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996, xvi + 351 pp., $35.00. David C. Steinmetz...
Christian Scripture: An Evangelical Perspective on Inspiration, Authority and Interpretation
Christian Scripture: An Evangelical Perspective on Inspiration, Authority and Interpretation. By David S. Dockery. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1995, xi + 257 pp., $19.99 paper. In Christian Scripture, David Dockery has provided a helpful little volume...
Cities of the Biblical World
Cities of the Biblical World. By LaMoine F. DeVries. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1997, xviii + 398 pp., $34.95. The book is intended for the beginning Bible student. It is divided into two parts: "Cities of the OT World" and "Cities of the NT World." Each...
Colloquies: The Collected Works of Erasmus
Colloquies: The Collected Works of Erasmus, vols. 39 and 40. By Desiderius Erasmus. Translated and annotated by Craig P. Thompson. Toronto: Toronto, 1997, 1,227 pp., 150. Never one to spare even himself from the pointed end of his razor wit, Erasmus...
Cult Prostitution in New Testament Ephesus: A Reappraisal
I. INTRODUCTION It is widely held that cult prostitution in connection with fertility rites was commonly practiced throughout the NT world. This idea seems so clearly established in the minds of many people as to need little proof. The current of NT...
Debtor's Prison and the Future of Israel (Luke 12:57-59)
BELL&HOWELL INFORMATION AND LEARNING FOREIGN TEXT OMITTED Near the end of Luke 12 Jesus chides the crowds for their hypocrisy (Luke 12:54-56). Then he says, And why also do you not judge for yourselves what is right? For as you go with your opponent...
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery. Edited by Leland Ryken, James C. Wilhoit, and Tremper Longman III. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1998, xxi + 1058, $39.99. Initially one finds some irony in the fact that an inherently left-brained genre-the dictionary--was...
Explorations in Exegetical Method: Galatians as a Test Case
Explorations in Exegetical Method: Galatians as a Test Case. By Moises Silva. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996, 236 pp., n.p. The title of this book explains its content well. It is neither a commentary on Galatians nor a textbook on exegetical methodology....
Freedom beyond Forgiveness: The Book of Jonah Re-Examined
Freedom Beyond Forgiveness: The Book of Jonah Re-examined. By Thomas M. Bolin. Copenhagen International Seminar 3. JSOTSup 236. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1997, 217 pp., $53.50. This revision of a doctoral dissertation from Marquette University,...
German Calvinism in the Confessional Age: The Convenant Theology of Caspar Olevianus
German Calvinism in the Confessional Age: The Covenant Theology of Caspar Olevianus. By Lyle D. Bierma. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996, 201 pp. Caspar Olevianus is best known to scholars of the post-Reformation period for his role in the composition of the...
Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible
Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible. By Daniel M. Doriani. Phillipsburg: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1996, 255 pp., n.p. Doriani, professor of NT at Covenant Theological Seminary, has written technical articles on Biblical...
God the Almighty: Power, Wisdom, Holiness, Love
God the Almighty: Power, Wisdom, Holiness, Love. By Donald G. Bloesch. Downer Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1995, 329 pp. $24.99. In his two volumes Essentials of Evangelical Theology (1978), Donald Bloesch crafted an evangelical theology widely read both...
Hans Frei and Karl Barth: Different Ways of Reading Scripture
Hans Frei and Karl Barth: Different Ways of Reading Scripture. By David E. Demson, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997, xi + 116 pp., $18.00 paper. This new monograph by David Demson undertakes a critical comparison of the interpretive methodologies of Hans...
Hosea: A Critical and Exegetical Commentary
Hosea: A Critical and Exegetical Commentary. By A. A. Macintosh. ICC. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1997, xciix + 593 pp., $69.95. In the introduction Macintosh discusses the linguistic problems with the nature of Hosea's dialect of Hebrew and rejects...
In Conservation with Jonah
In Conversation with Jonah. By Raymond F. Person, Jr. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996, 204 pp., $50. In this work the theories and techniques of "conversation analysis" are introduced and applied to the text of Jonah. The basic premise is that...
Interpreting the Curses in the Psalms
Imprecations or curses in the Psalms are not confined to the familiar imprecatory psalms of 35, 58, 69, 83,109 and 137. The last two psalms are especially known for their harsh language, which calls for the destruction of the children of the psalmists'...
John Calvin and the Will: A Critique and Corrective
John Calvin and the Will: A Critique and Corrective. By Dewey J. Hoitenga, Jr. Foreword by Richard A. Muller. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997, 162 pp., $12.99. The author of this study on Calvin and the will, a time-honored debate in the history of Christian...
Joshua: A Commentary
Joshua: A Commentary. By Richard D. Nelson. OTL. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1997, xviii + 310 pp., n.p. In 1972 J. Alberto Soggin published his commentary on Joshua for the Old Testament Library series. Its learned summary and discussion of a...
Knowledge of the Self-Revealing God in the Thought of Thomas Forsyth Torrance
Knowledge of the Self-Revealing God in the Thought of Thomas Forsyth Torrance. By John Douglas Morrison. Issues in Systematic Theology Vol. 2. New York: Peter Lang, 1997, 386 pp., n.p. Titles are getting cumbersome of late, but don't let this one put...
Life in the Ancient near East
Life in the Ancient Near East, 3100-332 B.C.E. By Daniel C. Snell. New Haven: Yale University, 1997. 292 pp., $30.00. Writing history of any kind requires an informed imagination. This is exactly what Snell exhibits in his efforts to provide his readers...
Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview
Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. By Gary Phillips and William E. Brown. Salem: Sheffield, 1996, 291 pp., $13.95 paper. Making Sense is an interesting introduction to contemporary Christian philosophy and apologetics. The goal of the...
On Being Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, 1518
On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, 1518. By Gerhard 0. Forde. Grand Rapids and Cambridge: Eerdmans, 1997, xiv +115 pp., n.p. Among contemporary English language writers, few have communicated the central...
Paul, the Law and Justification
Paul, The Law, and Justification. By Colin G. Kruse. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1997, 320 pp., n.p. paper. Colin Kruse's work on the law and justification was published in 1996 by InterVarsity in England, and now Hendrickson has made the volume available...
Politics, Religion and the British Revolutions: The Mind of Samuel Rutherford
Politics, Religion and the British Revolutions: The Mind of Samuel Rutherford. By John Coffey. Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, xii + 304 pp., $59.95. For a superb analysis of the life and...
Preface to the Study of Paul
Preface to the Study of Paul. By Stephen Westerholm. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997, xii + 128 pp., $13.00 paper. The starting point for this work is the premise that, although the apostle Paul and his writings continue to attract widespread attention,...
Qumran and the Essenes
Qumran and the Essenes. By Lena Cansdale. Tubingen: J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1997, 230 pp., DM 168.00. This volume, handsome as always with this publisher, represents a revision of Cansdale's 1994 University of Sydney dissertation, supervised by A....
Reasons of the Heart: Recovering Christian Persuasion
Reasons of the Heart: Recovering Christian Persuasion. By William Edgar. Grand Rapids: Baker/Hourglass, 1996, 126 pp., n.p. paper. As Professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, William Edgar stands in the Reformed tradition...
Reclaiming the Great Tradition: Evangelicals, Catholics & Orthodox in Dialogue
Reclaiming the Great Tradition: Evangelicals, Catholics & Orthodox in Dialogue. Edited by James S. Cunsinger. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1997, 214 pp.. $18.99 paper. The text is a collection of papers presented at Rose Hill College (Aiken, SC)...
Semitic Languages: Outline of a Comparative Grammar
Semitic Languages: Outline of a Comparative Grammar. By Edward Lipinski. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 80. Leuven: Peeters, 1997, 754 pp., 3600 BEF. Old Testament scholars with a curiosity for the origins and nature of the Hebrew and Aramaic languages...
Spiritual Life in Anabaptism
Spiritual Life in Anabaptism. Ed. and trans. Cornelius J. Dyck. Scottdale, AZ: Herald Press, 1996, 310 pp., n.p. Cornelius J. Dyck has produced an interesting compilation of texts from Anabaptist sources focusing on the devotional and spiritual aspects...
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. By Wayne A. Grudem. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994, 1264 pp. $39.95. Wayne Grudem's systematic theology is very complete, well reasoned, yet clear and readable, and handsomely printed. Very biblically...
Systematic Theology: Biblical, Historical, and Evangelical
Systematic Theology: Biblical, Historical, and Evangelical. Volume 2. By James Leo Garrett. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995, x + 872 pp., $45.00. James Leo Garrett is Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology, Emeritus, at Southwestern Baptist Theological...
The Archaeology of Early Christianity
The Archaeology of Early Christianity. By William H. C. Frend. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996, xix + 412 pp., $34.00. W. H. C. Frend has contributed a number of significant volumes on early Christianity over the years, perhaps most notably The Rise of Christianity....
The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy
The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Edited by Robert Audi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995, 882 pp., $89.95, cloth; $27.95 paper. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Edited by Ted Honderich. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995, 1009...
The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology
The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology. By Jurgen Moltmann. Trans. by Margaret Kohl. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996, 390 pp., $28.00. In this book, Moltmann presents his approach to Christian eschatology. In the preface he states his basic conviction...
The Concept of Equity in Calvin's Ethics
The Concept of Equity in Calvin's Ethics. By Guenther H. Haas. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1997, 205 pp., $24.95 paper. Students of Calvin have long recognized that his work as a theologian was influenced by his training...
The Crucified Jew: Twenty Centuries of Christian Anti-Semitism
The Crucified Jew: Twenty Centuries of Christian Anti-Semitism. By Dan Cohn-Sherbok. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; American Interfaith Institute and the World Alliance of Interfaith Organizations, 1997, xx + 258, $18.00 paper. Rabbi Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbok,...
The Domestication of Transcendence: How Modern Thinking about God Went Wrong
The Domestication of Transcendence: How Modern Thinking about God Went Wrong. By William C. Placher. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1996, 222 pp., $20.00 paper. William Placher, Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Wabash College, is...
The Federal Theology of Thomas Boston
The Federal Theology of Thomas Boston. By A. T. B. McGowan. Rutherford Studies in Historical Theology. Edinburgh: Paternoster, 1997, 228 pp., n.p. The reading of Andrew McGowen's book, what began initially as a doctoral study under Professor James Torrance,...
The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary
The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary. By Herman N. Ridderbos. Translated by John Vriend. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997, xiv + 721 pp., $42.00 paper. Readers familiar with Herman Ridderbos have come to expect outstanding scholarship from the well-known...
The Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrools an Ben Sira: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at Leiden University 11-14 December 1995
The Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira: Proceedings of a Symposium held at Leiden University 11-14 December 1995. Edited by T. Muraoka and J. F. Elwolde. STDJ 26. Leiden: Brill, 1997, 222 pp., $81.00. This volume, papers presented at the first...
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit. By Sinclair B. Ferguson. Contours of Christian Theology. Gerald Bray, general editor. Downers Grove, IL, 1996, 288 pp., $14.99. In many respects this study incorporates much that is standard fare in Reformed dogmatics, while at the same...
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis-Deuteronomy
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis-Deuteronomy. By John H. Walton and Victor H. Matthews. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1997, 284 pp., $19.99. Every written work is inescapably connected to the cultural world of its author and audience. An author...
The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics
The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics. By Stanley J. Grenz. Downers Grove, InterVarsity, 1997, 350 pp. This is a fine book of Christian ethics from an evangelical perspective. As with all of Stan Grenz's work, it is a well-balanced engagement...
The Old Testament Use of an Archetype the Trickster
Trickery appears to be a common trait of human culture. For not only does it form an important part of several human activities such as battle and sports strategies as well as humor and entertainment, but wherever the traveler goes he must be acutely...
Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament
Bell & Howell Information and Learning: Foreign text omitted Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament. By Ernest Jenni and Claus Westermann. Translated by Mark E. Biddle. 3 vols. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1997, ii + 1638, $119.95. This work is a translation...
The Orthodox Church
The Orthodox Church. By Thomas E. Fitzgerald. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995, 240 pp., n.p. Thomas Fitzgerald has produced an interesting volume covering the history of the Orthodox Church in America. Orthodoxy has recently gained significant attention...
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church(Third Edition)
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (Third Edition). Edited by E. A. Livingstone and F. L. Cross. Oxford, 1997, 1786 pp., $125.00. Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms. Edited by Donald M. McKim. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1996,...
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the near East
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East. Edited by Eric M. Meyers, et al. 5 vols. New York: Oxford University, 1997, xviii + 492 pp., vi + 488 pp., vi + 489 pp., vi + 536 pp., vi + 553 pp., $595.00. A monumental scholarly achievement,...
The People of the Dead Sea Scrolls
The People of the Dead Sea Scrolls. By Florentino Garcia Martinez and Julio Trebolle Barrera. Leiden: Brill, 1995, 269 pp. $44.50 paper. This work is a collection of 12 essays, eight by Garcia Martinez and four by Trebolle Barrera. It is arranged in...
The Pilgrimage Pattern in Exodus
The Pilgrimage Pattern in Exodus. By Mark S. Smith, JSOTSup 239. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1997, 355 pp., $66.00. This volume explores various issues related to the idea that the present shape of the book of Exodus, and of the Pentateuch as a whole,...
The Scrolls and the Scriptures: Qumran Fifty Years After
The Scrolls and the Scriptures: Qumran Fifty Years After. Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Craig A. Evans. Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha Supplement Series 26/Roehampton Institute London Papers 3. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1997, 414...
The Semitic Background of the New Testament
The Semitic Background of the New Testament. By Joseph Fitzmyer. The Biblical Resource Series. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997, xxi + 524 pp. + 300 pp., $35.00 paper. This volume is a reprint combining two of Fitzmyer's classic studies, Essays on the Semitic...
The Urim and Thummim: A Means of Revelation in Ancient Israel
The Urim and Thummim: A Means of Revelation in Ancient Israel. By Cornelis Van Dam. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1997, 296 pp., $34.50. "Urim" and "Thummim" (UT) are the Hebrew names for the object or objects used by the OT high priest to determine God's...
Universal Sin and Salvation in Romans 5:12-21
BELL&HOWELL INFORMATION AND LEARNING FOREIGN TEXT OMITTED One of the more prominent doctrines in systematic theology is the doctrine of "inherited sin." 1 A great deal of speculation has taken place regarding the cause, transmission/imputation and...
Worship, Community and the Triune God of Grace
Worship, Community and the Triune God of Grace. By James B. Torrance. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1996, 130 pp., $12.99 paper. In a warm pastoral style, James Torrance shows us the necessity of the doctrine of the trinity for the administration of both...