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Average customer rating:
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ISBN/ASIN : 0882435345
Manufacturer : Gospel Publishing House|
Release data : 1981
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Great Basic Bible Doctrine Book
I have used at least two Bible doctrine books in the past to come to an understanding of basic Bible beliefs. I have been disappointed in that the doctrine explanations at times were so drawn out, boring, and complex, I lost interest and became discouraged. Myer Perlman is the only book of doctrine I have ever used where doctrine is explained in a simple manner. I rated Perlman's book a 4 only because he at times uses documentation from sources outside the confines of the Bible. A practice that must be treated with caution. However, using ideas of other scholars is perhaps what makes Perlman's doctine book interesting. There are several very good explanations provided by other scholars that provide clarifications to certain concepts. I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a more comprehensive understanding of the Bible. It makes for a good Holy Spirit supplement.
Knowing the Doctrines of the Bible
I thank the vendor for his quickness in getting me this book and for the good condition it was in.
Dated But Useful Systematic Theology Book
The late Myer Pearlman was known for his ability to read a book and quickly grasp its meaning. In his life Pearlman was said to have a personal library of over 10,000 volumes and that he had read all of them. It was also said that Pearlman was much self-taught. He was self taught in biblical languages and other foreign languages. So without a doubt, if this information is true, then Pearlman was indeed a genuis.
This work is by far his most popular work. Pearlman was a former Baptist preacher turned Pentecostal during the early days of the movement. Many in Pearlman's day lacked biblical education and many stayed away from Bible colleges since the early Pentecostals were persecuted heavily by their evangelical brethren. Pearlman wrote his doctrinal book to help the average uneducated Pentecostal preacher know what they believed and defend it from Scripture.
The book was written around the Assemblies of God statement of fundamental truths. Pearlman does a good job of first stating what the doctrine is, some historical information about the doctrine, and then he gives a Pentecostal understanding of the doctrine.
Overall this work is useful in studying theology and Pentecostal teachings in particular. While it is true that the Assemblies of God no longer uses Pearlman's work in their Bible colleges, the work is useful for reference. The work is also starting to show its age. Pearlman, for example, uses the King James Version while newer systematic theologies either use the author's own translation from the original languages or a popular Bible translation such as the NKJV, NASB, or NIV. The A/G's use the NIV for all of their publications. However Pearlman was writing for a generation that was mostly using the KJV so I do not find fault with him or even the KJV.
Overall I recommend this book. Some of Pearlman's arguments are stronger than others for various Pentecostal doctrines such as divine healing in the atonement, baptism with the Spirit subsequent to salvation, and speaking in tongues as the initial, physical evidence of Spirit-Baptism. Nonetheless it is good reading.