THE RELIGION OF THE BIBLE by S. Vernon McCasland

THE RELIGION OF THE BIBLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This book is aimed at the increasing number of college students studying the Bible. Its arrangement, treatment and vocabulary would make it useful at the freshman level. The book is designed to be read with an open Bible at hand. The best use of it will take place over a period of time, such as a course on the Bible might presuppose. This is far from implying that it cannot be read straight through by someone already familiar with the Bible text. Rather, the best use implies simultaneous reading of the Scriptures with a book about them. Dr. McCasland has aided his readers greatly by a series of searching questions at the end of each section. Some of these are not readily answerable, but wrestling with them will still be helpful to a student. The general arrangement of the text makes it very useful for classroom use, since the various areas of discussion are broken down into ""assignment"" size. Very helpful to the serious student is the inclusion of bibliographies after each major section. Should there be need for going more deeply into any part of the material, the path for so doing is clearly indicated, and the works suggested are both standard and available. While primarily designed for textbook use, we should not ignore the real value for the Sunday School teacher that is inherent in the book. Most Sunday Schools have several courses where the teacher cannot fail to appreciate a good book about the Bible. However, Dr. McCasland has carefully avoided looking at the Bible through the eyes of an interpreting Church. Pastors and Sunday School teachers must recognize that he has sacrificed witness for objectivity. The need for supplying the view of faith may prove most stimulating to the teacher using the book on Sunday morning or in a weekday released time class.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1960
Publisher: Crowell