The twenty-five books published last year that we label “choice” are not picked just from the categories of Bible and theology that we survey in this issue. Some of them come from such fields as church history (which is annually surveyed in our fall book issue) and practical theology (which also has a “choice” list just for itself in the fall).

We intend the list to reflect the diversity of views, branches, and concerns within the evangelical movement, broadly defined. It also reflects a diversity of types of books, from popular biographies to more scholarly reference tools. The purpose of this list is to call attention to books that are rarely bestsellers but with which the reading Christian should be familiar.

Most of these books should be in church, college, and seminary libraries. In addition, they belong in the libraries of secular colleges where religion is studied, as well as in public libraries. Readers should not hesitate to recommend these books to librarians in their communities. Here are the choices, listed alphabetically by author or editor.

Dreams, Visions and Oracles: The Layman’s Guide to Biblical Prophecy (Baker) edited by Carl Armerding and Ward Gasque. Eschatology, often sensationalized, is a perennial evangelical concern, as it was in Bible times. The essayists represent different points of view but speak calmly and show tolerance for each other’s differences.

The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology: Volume 2: G-Pre (Zondervan) edited by Colin Brown. The middle volume of a basic reference book for Bible students.

Death Before Birth (Nelson) by Harold O. J. Brown. Opposition to abortion is not primarily a “Catholic” stance. The great majority of evangelicals also oppose it. Brown makes a ...

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