From the standpoint of conservative scholarship, the new volumes appearing during 1965 have perhaps been sparser than in the preceding year; the great majority have emanated from liberal scholarship and reflect for the most part the attitudes and methods that have prevailed in such circles for the last several decades. Perhaps the most noteworthy development of the year has been the production of further volumes in the “Anchor Bible” series, under the general editorship of W. F. Albright of Johns Hopkins and David Noel Freedman of San Francisco Seminary.
The following works reflect a consistently conservative viewpoint:
1. The first unit of the Old Testament series in Eerdmans’s “New International Commentary” has appeared as a product of the scholarship of the general editor of the series, Edward J. Young of Westminster Seminary. In this first volume of his Commentary on the Book of Isaiah, which covers chapters 1–18, Young has produced a masterful analysis and discussion of these chapters and defended their authenticity against negative higher criticism. Combining a learned but lucid explanation of the prophet’s message with earnest homiletical application, he makes the impact of Isaiah con temporary for the reader. Young’s amillennial perspective is not especially noticeable in these chapters. His treatment of “Immanuel” in chapter 7 does not allow any typical relationship for the son born to Isaiah in chapter 8.
2. In The Ark of the Covenant from Conquest to Kingship (Presbyterian and Reformed), Marten H. Woudstra traces the history of the interpretation of the meaning of the Ark from the Middle Ages to the present century and describes the conflicting views now current in liberal circles. Then after discussing the various ...1
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