Page 6, 21st March 1969

21st March 1969
Page 6
Page 6, 21st March 1969 — Seers of scripture
Close

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.

Tags


Share


Related articles

Facing Up To Leading Life As A Christian

Page 6 from 15th June 1984

By Fr, Bernard Basset, &j.

Page 3 from 9th March 1951

Cardinal Dedicates Cafod To St Stephen

Page 5 from 25th March 1977

Religious Books

Page 6 from 12th November 1982

The Charnwood Monks

Page 10 from 5th April 1985

Seers of scripture

by JAMES BEST A Guide to the Prophets by Stephen Winward (Hodder and Stoughton 30s.) IT is some time since I read

Stephen Winward, when, a year or so ago, I came across Teach Yourself to Pray; but on reading A Guide to the Prophets I was struck once more by the quality of his writing and his careful and lucid presentation of a difficult subject — abilities which are, one feels, the produce of many years' devoted application and deep thought. This book is a study of all the material, from Isaiah to Malachi, to be found in our English Bibles, with the exceptions of Lamentations and Daniel. The author's approach is masterly.

After a general introduction to the bible which is itself an excellent synthesis of the problems facing both the scholar and the ordinary reader, he goes on to study the prophets themselves, giving a short but illuminating biographical sketch and placing each one's message squarely against the historical situation in which it was delivered. The prophets come vividly to life.

Reading this book, I could not help being struck by the terrible accuracy of the prophets' words not only for the contemporary society but for our own twentieth-century civilisation ("For they know not the Lord"); and not only present-day society but for me personally. It is a disturbing book.




blog comments powered by Disqus