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. 41, No. 4, December

A Preface to Theology
A Preface to Theology. By W. Clark Gilpin. Chicago: University of Chicago, 211 pp., n.p. paper. This book, which seeks to provide a foundation and methodology for theology, is remarkable for several reasons. First, it uses W. Lippmann's A Preface to...
Baptists around the World: A Comprehensive Handbook
Baptists around the World: A Comprehensive Handbook. Edited by Albert W. Wardin. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1995, xxxii + 474, n.p. Wardin has put together a concise encyclopedia of Baptist history and statistical information. This marks the first...
Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism: How Modern and Postmodern Philosophy Set the Theological Agenda
Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism: How Modern and Postmodern Philosophy Set the Theological Agenda. By Nancey Murphy. Valley Forge: Trinity, 1996, 162 pp., $20.00. The thesis of Murphy's book is that "philosophy of the modern period is largely responsible...
"By His Stripes We Are Healed"
The doctrine of atonement looms rich with imagery over the theological landscape. Through the centuries Christian theologians have employed diverse motifs-the economics of ransom (Origen, Gregory of Nyssa), judicial proceedings (Anselm), warfare and...
Christian Cyberspace Companion
Christian Cyberspace Companion. By Jason D. Baker. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997, 250 pp., $15.99 paper. With the impact of cyberculture upon the evangelical Christian community, Jason Baker's provision of a guide to the basics and configurations...
Christianity in South Africa: A Political, Social and Cultural History
Christianity in South Africa: A Political, Social and Cultural History. Edited by Richard Elphick and Rodney Davenport. Berkeley: University of California, 1998, xxxii + 480 pp., $50.00/$19.95. This 25-chapter volume consists of five parts: the transplanting...
Christian Scholarship and the Philosophical Analysis of Cyberspace Technologies
DOUGLAS GROOTHUIS* I. THE CHALLENGE TO THE CHRISTIAN SCHOLAR The recent explosion of cyberspace technologies in modern culture raises some salient questions for Christian scholars who endeavor to bring a Christian mind to bear on the analysis of these...
Civilizations of the Ancient near East
Civilizations of the Ancient Near East. Edited by Jack M. Sasson et al. 4 vols. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1995, xxxii + 2966 pp., $449.00. This is a breathtaking publishing and scholarly accomplishment. For the first time, a comprehensive reference...
Defending the Faith: J Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America
Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America. By D. G. Hart. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995, 227 pp., $16.99. Actual events are never as simple as history's memory of them, as this biography demonstrates....
Dispatches from the Front: Theological Engagements with the Secular
Dispatches from the Front: Theological Engagements with the Secular. By Stanley Hauerwas. Durham: Duke University, 1994, 235 pp., $24.95. In this work Hauerwas has compiled a collection of thoughts that together call once again for a reexamination of...
Divine Discourse: Philosophical Reflections on the Claim That God Speaks
Divine Discourse: Philosophical Reflections on the Claim that God Speaks. By Nicholas Wolterstorff. Cambridge: Cambridge University, 1995, x + 326 pp., $59.95. It is rare that any really new ground is broken in the interminable debates over the nature...
Early Creationist Journals
Early Creationist Journals. Edited by Ronald L. Numbers. New York: Garland, 1995, 629 pp., $100.00. Creation and Evolution in the Early American Scientific Affiliation. Edited by Mark A. Kalthoff. New York: Garland, 468 pp., $83.00. Early Creationist...
Faith, Obedience and Perseverance: Aspects of Paul's Letter to the Romans
Faith, Obedience and Perseverance: Aspects of Paul's Letter to the Romans. By Don Garlington. WUNT 79. Tibingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1994, xi + 204 pp., 128 DM. This volume represents a collection of five previous articles published by Garlington...
Formation of the Christian Biblical Canon
Formation of the Christian Biblical Canon. By Lee M. McDonald. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1995, 340 pp., $19.95 paper. McDonald attempts to show that the OT and the NT as we know them were collected and canonized in a gradual process under the influence of...
Granville Sharp: A Model of Evangelical Scholarship and Social Activism
DANIEL B. WALLACE* Granville Sharp is widely known in evangelical circles for his famous Greek rule that has been used to defend the deity of Christ in various NT passages. Outside of evangelical circles, Sharp is better known as the man who did for...
Hurrying toward Zion: Universities, Divinity Schools, and American Protestantism
Hurrying Toward Zion: Universities, Divinity Schools, and American Protestantism. By Conrad Cherry. Bloomington: Indiana University, 1995, 359 pp., $24.95. The past decade has seen a number of excellent books about religion and higher education-the best...
Inklings of Reality: Essays toward a Christian Philosophy of Letters
Inklings of Reality: Essays Toward a Christian Philosophy of Letters. By Donald T. Williams. Toccoa Falls: Toccoa Falls College, 1996, 275 pp., $14.00 paper. Declaring that "Christians have always had to wrestle with what reading means," Williams proposes...
Jesus' Goal for Temple and Tree: A Thematic Revisit of Matt 21:12-22
MARK MOULTON* Perhaps the most puzzling public action of Jesus was his curse of the fig tree. The accounts of it in Matthew 21 and Mark 11 have generated a diversity of interpretations. In the past few decades many scholars have sought to exegete these...
John Calvin's Exegesis of the Old Testament
John Calvin's Exegesis of the Old Testament. By David L. Puckett. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1995, 179 pp., $17.00. This volume is part of the Columbia Series in Reformed Theology, intended to address scholars, pastors, and laypersons. The laypersons...
Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics: A Selection with Introduction
Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics: A Selection with Introduction. Edited by Helmut Gollwitzer. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1994, 262 pp., $14.99 paper. Westminster/John Knox Press has done all teachers of theology and all who might in any way be curious...
"Life-Giving Spirit": Probing the Center of Paul's Pneumatology
RICHARD B. GAFFIN, JR.* A survey treatment, in short compass, of so rich and multifaceted a topic as the Holy Spirit in Paul is bound to be superficial. A surely more promising alternative is to identify and reflect on those viewpoints in his teaching...
Many Gods, Many Lords: Christianity Encounters World Religions
Many Gods, Many Lords: Christianity Encounters World Religions. By Daniel B. Clendenin. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995, 189 pp., $11.99 paper. With Many Gods, Many Lords, Clendenin (formerly a visiting professor of Christian Studies at Moscow State University...
Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics
Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics. By Scott B. Rae. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995, 253 pp., n.p. This book joins recent publications in Christian ethics that are meant to help students think through contemporary moral issues. The temptation, for...
Our Triune God: A Biblical Portrayal of the Trinity
Our Triune God: A Biblical Portrayal of the Trinity. By Peter Toon. Wheaton: BridgePoint, 1996, 271 pp., n.p. paper. There are at least two ways Toon's new book on the Trinity is especially significant: in its treatments of "precise language" and "inclusive...
Reading Romans Theologically: A Review Article
THOMAS R. SCHREINER* Major commentaries on various books of the Bible have been appearing at a dizzying pace in recent years. I have also been struck by the increasing length of such commentaries. W. D. Davies and Dale Allison are writing a three-volume...
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics. By William Lane Craig. Wheaton: Crossway, 1994, 350 pp., $15.99 paper. In his penetrating essay "Christianity and Culture," J. G. Machen expressed well a concern that needs to be taken even more seriously...
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. Edgar stands in the Reformed tradition of presuppositional apologetics. The doyen of Westminster apologists, C. Van Til...
Satisfied by the Promise of the Spirit: Affirming the Fullness of God's Provision for Spiritual Living
Satisfied by the Promise of the Spirit: Affirming the Fullness of God's Provision for Spiritual Living. By Thomas R. Edgar. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1996, 283 pp., n.p. Thomas Edgar's book is primarily, although not exclusively, a response to Jack Deere's...
Savior or Servant: Putting Government Back in Its Place
Savior or Servant: Putting Government Back in Its Place. By David W. Hall. Oak Ridge: Kuyper Institute, 1996, 399 pp., $23.95/$18.95. In this work, Hall has produced another of his politically and Biblically conservative treatises on the role of government...
Seasons of Refreshing
Seasons of Refreshing. By Keith J. Hardman. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994, 304 pp. This serious study of awakenings, revivals and evangelistic efforts in America is well documented and eminently readable. The reader with some interest in Christian history...
Systematic Theology: Doctrine (Vol.2)
Systematic Theology: Doctrine (Vol. 2). By James W. McClendon, Jr. Nashville: Abingdon, 1994, 536 pp., $24.95. With Systematic Theology: Doctrine, McClendon has brought to fruition the longawaited second leg of his prospective three-volume work. Herein...
The Battle for Hell: A Survey and Evaluation of Evangelicals' Growing Attraction to the Doctrine of Annihilationsim
The Battle for Hell: A Survey and Evaluation of Evangelicals' Growing Attraction to the Doctrine of Annihilationism. By David George Moore. Lanham: University Press of America, 1995, 103 pp., n.p. paper. Moore has summarized (somewhat briefly) a number...
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: Westminster/John Knox, 1996, xii + 222 pp., $20.00. In The Domestication of Transcendence, Placher proposes a critical retrieval of certain...
The Fire in the Equations: Science, Religion, and the Search for God
The Fire in the Equations: Science, Religion, and the Search for God. By Kitty Ferguson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994, 308 pp., n.p. I have read a number of books on the philosophical and religious implications of modern science. This is one of the best,...
The Framing Function of the Narratives about Zelophehad's Daughters
DEAN R. ULRICH* In Numbers 27 Moses and the leaders of Israel encountered a situation that no law addressed. The daughters of a deceased man named Zelophehad wanted to know how their father's name would continue without any son to inherit the family...
The Inside of History: Jean Henri Merle d'Aubigne and Romantic Historiography
The Inside of History: Jean Henri Merle d'Aubigne and Romantic Historiography. By John B. Roney. Westport: Greenwood, 1996, 214 pp., n.p. In this revision of his doctoral dissertation, Roney has provided valuable insights into the nature of the historical...
Theological Foundations for Male-Female Relationships
STANLEY J. GRENZ* "Dear Dr. Grenz," the letter began. "Please excuse the notebook paper and my handwriting. I would have used my computer and printer to write to you but due to my demise, financially, I've had to sell my printer to put food on the table.......
The Origins of Christian Morality: The First Two Centuries
The Origins of Christian Morality: The First Two Centuries. By Wayne A. Meeks. New Haven: Yale University, 1993, x + 275 pp., $30.00. Wayne Meeks, continuing his important work on the origins of early Christianity, here moves to the second stage of such...
The Southern Baptist Convention and the Judgment of History: The Taint of an Original Sin
The Southern Baptist Convention and the Judgment of History: The Taint of an Original Sin. By E. Luther Copeland. Lanham: University Press of America, 1995, xvii + 179 pp., n.p. Southern Baptists and American Evangelicals: The Conversation Continues....
"Three Days" in Joshua 1-3: Resolving a Chronological Conundrum
FOREIGN TEXT OMITTED ... DAVID M. HOWARD, JR.* The early chapters of the book of Joshua contain several small but persistent chronological problems that have proven difficult to resolve in satisfactory ways.1 Recourse in solving them is commonly sought...
To Glorify and Enjoy God: A Commemoration of the 350th Anniversary of the West-Minster Assembly
To Glorify and Enjoy God: A Commemoration of the 350th Anniversary of the Westminster Assembly Edited by John L. Carson and David W. Hall. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1994, 338 pp., $32.95. Compilations of commemorative essays and Festschriften...
Truth Is Stanger Than It Used to Be
Truth Is Stranger Than It Used to Be. By J. Richard Middleton and Brian Walsh. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1995, 250 pp., n.p. Middleton and Walsh have collaborated previously on a worldview book entitled The Transforming Vision, in which they set forth...
Unmasking the Cults
Unmasking the Cults. By Alan W. Gomes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995, 93 pp., $4.99 paper. Unmasking the Cults is one volume of sixteen in the Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements. It is broken up into six sections. For ease of use, all six...