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A Supreme Masterpiece on the Greatest Subject,
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This review is from: Christ Crucified (Paperback)
One constantly pauses, in the study of this great book, to wonder at the brilliance of the author - his intellect, his magisterial English, his fidelity to Scripture, his mastery of a vast preceding literature, - and yet, much more important, to bow in engulfing awe and worship, as a believer, before the vast and unconscionable profundities of the Passion event itself. If one were, by some malign agency, to be condemned to the fabled 'desert island' with a Bible and only 2 other books, then I would unhesitatingly nominate, as indispensable rock-foundations of one's faith, that wonderful work by Clark Pinnock "The Scripture Principle," 2nd edition, 2006, and this overwhelmingly magnificent volume by Professor Donald Macleod, released just prior to Easter, 2014.
That said, it is a matter of slight regret that in the treatment of Latin and Greek terms (but not Hebrew), occasional inaccuracies have crept in. Superior proof-reading would have eliminated these, to the book's benefit. I cite :-
CRUXIFRAGIUM (for CRURI-), P. 54; TYEIN (for THY-), P. 68; KATALLASSE (for KATALLAGE), P. 110); EXIL- 3 times on Pp. 145-6 (for EXHIL-); HILASOMAI (for HILASKOMAI), P. 146; DIALASSOMAI (for DIALLA-), P.151; SALUTIFERIA (for SALUTIFERA), P. 189; TETELESTATI (for TETELESTAI), P.199; and PERIPOIESATO (for PERIEPOIESATO), P. 226. There is also the puzzling derivation of the English word ANOMALY from the Greek ANOMIA. This misjudgment appeared some years ago in Prof. Macleod's impressive published lectures entitled "A Faith To Live By." He calls sin the ultimate 'anomaly' of the universe, connecting the word with the Greek term meaning lawlessness. But this Greek word (ANOMIA) produces ANOMY, not ANOMALY. The latter is from Greek 'an-homalos, meaning un-level, uneven, irregular, abnormal, contradictory, even paradoxical.
But make no mistake. These regrettable "flecks in the marble of the Parthenon" (ut ita dicam) do not begin even remotely to detract, far less distract, from the prodigious quality of this masterpiece. They are negligible, microscopic infelicities which pale into contemptible insignificance against the grandeur of the whole. Needless to say, it should be self-recommending to all, of whatever denomination or religious tradition, who worship at the feet of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, "who loved me," (St. Paul), " and gave Himself for me."
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Initial post: 15 Apr 2014 18:33:59 BDT
David Muir says:
What a superb review of a magisterial book that should be read by everyone who ovns the name of Christ.
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