The present century may not go down in history as the most wise or the most learned. It may not make the greatest contribution to Christian knowledge. It may not even be remembered as theologically the most literate. But it will certainly make its mark for the quantity of theological literature. If there is a deficiency of true learning, it is not for any lack of the necessary tools. Even to list the titles that have been made available during the last year would require far greater space than is available for the present article, and obviously no space is open for extended review of those books which seem to be significant for various reasons.
We may begin by mentioning the continuation of some of the established series of the past. The great Luther translation still continues (Concordia and Muhlenberg), and this year has seen the addition in three volumes of the lectures on Galatians and also of a selection of letters. The new translation of Calvin’s Commentaries (Eerdmans) is also making headway; serious Calvin students would do well to purchase Hebrews and I & II Peter, since these epistles, especially Hebrews, are of great importance in Calvin’s thought.
The year has also seen the initiation of a number of new series of some importance. Denominationally we may refer to the History of the Church of Christ and also to the first of two volumes by E. T. Thompson on Presbyterians in the South (John Knox). Reference may also be made to the three-volume History of Early Christian Doctrine that is being undertaken by J. Daniélou, and to a five-volume Roman Catholic series under the title The Christian Centuries. It will be particularly interesting to see how far the new ideas in modern Romanism have affected its understanding ...1
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