Reviewing the 1961 books in these fields is no easy task. Apart from the varying tastes and interests of readers, there are so many new volumes that selection is necessary. It should be understood, however, that this is not a personal selection of recommended Evangelical reading. It is a cross section of books which for different reasons seem to be significant, with brief comments where necessary or possible. Fuller reviews will often be found in the fortnightly book columns.
Textual And Historical
For students one of the basic needs is original texts, and we may begin with some useful additions in this area. First, we welcome a reprint of the invaluable Gwatkin’s Selections (Revell)—important extracts from the earliest Christian period in both the original and English. Another important selection is that of Danielou from the mystical writings of Gregory of Nyssa under the title From Glory to Glory (Harper). From the later Middle Ages three contemporary accounts of the Council of Constance (Columbia) are of particular interest. In the Reformation period two new editions of the Works of Sir Thomas More (Yale), a popular and a more scholarly, should also meet a particular need. The continuing additions to current series of texts hardly need specific mention.
Individual historical studies are also of great importance to students, and here again we may refer to some of the more recent volumes. The city and church of Antioch have attracted attention in two works, St. Ignatius and Christianity in Antioch by V. Corwin (Yale), and the more general History of Antioch in Syria by G. Downey (Princeton). The new phase in church-state relations in the Roman Empire is also studied in two works, first, Bainton’s translation of Constantine ...1
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