HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Names of God
Author: Nathan J. Stone
Publisher: Moody Publishers, new edition published in 2010
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Stone, Nathan J. Names of God (published in 1944 by the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL). I purchased and first read this little book, which has sold over 400,000 copies,. back in 1973 when I was a student in college. A new edition with a foreword by Ann Spangler has since been published. The chapters were originally given as a course in the Radio School of the Bible over station WMBI in Chicago, IL. The information is presented in a clear and understandable way so that the book is a great resource. The late Nathan J. Stone was a member of the faculty of Moody Bible Institute for several years and a teacher for the radio program Radio School of the Bible. Other books of which he is the author include Answering Your Questions, 100 Basic Bible Questions Answered, and Holy to the Lord: Studies in Leviticus.
The Old Testament contains a number of names and titles for God which reveal various aspects of His character and dealings with mankind, including Elohim, Jehovah, and Adonai, along with many compound forms. In the twelve chapters of this book, Stone shows the significance of these names in the Old Testament and then explains how they find their fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He wrote, “Indeed we cannot say all that the mysterious word God means to us until we know more about Him.” Some might complain that the form Jehovah has been determined by some to be incorrect and that the correct pronunciation should be Yahweh. That is debatable, but even if true, we do not speak Hebrew but English, and Jehovah is a perfectly acceptable English representation of this name for God.