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XII PREFACE [ xxi] It is objected, however, that some of the conclusions of critics respecting the Old Testament are incompatible with the authority of our blessed Lord, and that in loyalty to Him we are precluded from accepting them. That our Lord appealed to the Old Testament as the record of a revelation in the past, and as pointing forward to Himself, is undoubted; but these aspects of the Old Testament are perfectly consistent with a critical view of its structure and growth. That our Lord in so appealing to it designed to pronounce a verdict on the author-ship and age of its different parts, and to foreclose all future inquiry into these subjects, is an assumption for which no suffi-cient ground can be alleged. Had such been His aim, it would have been out of harmony with the entire method and tenor of His teaching. In no single instance, so far as we are aware, did He anticipate the results of scientific inquiry or historical research. The aim of His teaching was a religious one; it was to set before men the pattern of a perfect life, to move them to imitate it, to bring them to Himself. He accepted, as the basis of His teaching, the opinions respecting the Old Testament current around Him: He assumed, in His allusions to it, the premises which His opponents recognised, and which could not have been questioned ( even had it been necessary to ques-tion them) without raising issues for which the time was not yet ripe, and which, had they been raised, would have interfered seriously with the paramount purpose of His life.* There is no of Samuel and Kings, for instance, being the work of men familiar with Palestine, describe localities there with precision: the chronology, being ( in many cases) added subsequently, is in several respects in irreconcilable conflict with contemporary Inscriptions ( cf. Sanday, l. c. p. 9; or the note in the writer’s Isaiah, p. 13). Mr. Girdlestone, in The Foundations of the Bible ( 1890), partly from an inexact knowledge of the facts, partly through misapprehension of what critics really hold, employs himself largely in beating the air. * On Ps. 110,  see the note, p. 384 f.; and especially the discussion of our Lord’s reference to this Psalm in the seventh of Mr. Gore’s “ Bampton Lec-tures.” It does not seem requisite for the present purpose, as, indeed, within the limits of a Preface it would not be possible, to consider whether our Lord, as man, possessed all knowledge, or whether a limitation in this, as in other respects,— though not, of course, of such a kind as to render Him fallible as a teacher,— was involved in that gracious act of condescension, in virtue of which He  was willing “ in all things to be made like unto His brethren” ( Heb. 217).  On this subject a reference to the sixth of the Lectures just mentioned must  suffice. The questions touched upon in the present   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x

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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PagePrefaceContentsAddition and correctionsAbbreviationsIntroductionI. THE HEXATEUCH.§ 1. Genesis.§ 2. Exodus.§ 3. Leviticus.§ 4. Numbers.§ 5. Deuteronomy.§ 6. Joshua.§ 7.The Prophetical Narrative of the Hexateuch.The Priestly Narrative of the Hexateuch.Synopsis of the Priests' Code.II. JUDGES, SAMUEL, AND KINGS.§ 1. The Book of Judges.§ 2.1–2 Samuel.§ 3.1–2 Kings.III. ISAIAH.IV. JEREMIAH.V. EZEKIEL.VI. THE MINOR PROPHETS.§ 1. Hosea.§ 2. Joel.§ 3. Amos.§ 4. Obadiah.§ 5. Jonah.§ 6. Micah.§ 7. Nahum.§ 8. Habakkuk.§ 9. Zephaniah.§10. Haggai.§11. Zechariah.§12. Malachi.VII. THE PSALMS.VIII.THE BOOK OF PROVERBS.IX. THE BOOK OF JOB.X. THE FIVE MEGILLOTH.§ 1. The Song of Songs.§ 2.Ruth.§ 3.The Lamentations.§ 4.Ecclesiastes.§ 5.Esther.XI. DANIEL.XII. CHRONICLES, EZRA, AND NEHEMIAH.§ 1. Chronicles.§ 2.Ezra and Nehemiah.Index I.Index II.Index III.
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