This year, unlike in previous annual book issues, we are surveying only books relating fairly directly to the Bible and to theology and ethics. Other kinds of books, such as those focusing on topics in the history of Christianity, are to be surveyed in the book issue planned for this fall.

These surveys are intended for the serious Bible student, but we have not restricted ourselves to books for scholars. The books are written from a variety of theological stances, which we normally indicate when pertinent. On page 32, we feature a few books that we think are especially noteworthy and that are written from a more or less orthodox perspective. They deserve a wide circulation.

The number of books may seem excessive, but we have in fact been selective (as many pained authors and publishers could testify). Most of the books were first published in North America during 1975, although a few late-1974 titles crept in, and we have mentioned a small number of reprints. We apologize for any unintentional omissions. Although our comments in these surveys must be quite brief, we remind you that many of these books have been or will be the subject of longer reviews in our regular book sections.

Clearly last year’s major publishing accomplishment in the area of biblical studies was the release of two major encyclopedias by evangelicals. Under the editorial hand of veteran New Testament scholar Merrill C. Tenney, the five-volume Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible leads the way. The ZPEB serves as the conservative counter-part to Abingdon’s four-volume Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (1962). Scholarship is generally adequate, bibliographies are extensive, and the format is pleasing, although the overall impression could have ...

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