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PREFACE XIII record of the question, whether a particular portion of the Old Testament was written by Moses, or David, or Isaiah, having been ever submitted to [ xxii] Him; and had it been so submitted, we have no means of knowing what His answer would have been. The purposes for which our Lord appealed to the Old Testament, its prophetic significance, and the spiritual lessons deducible from it, are not, as has been already remarked above, affected by critical inquiries.* Criticism in the hands of Chris-tian scholars does not banish or destroy the inspiration of the Old Testament; it presupposes it; it seeks only to determine the conditions under which it operates, and the literary forms through which it manifests itself; and it thus helps us to frame truer conceptions of the methods which it has pleased God to employ in revealing Himself to His ancient people of Israel, and in preparing the way for the fuller manifestation of Himself in Christ Jesus. Six years have elapsed since the first edition of the present work was published, and the preceding preface written, sub-stantially as it still stands. The favourable reception which the volume has received has much exceeded what I had ventured to anticipate; and many gratifying indications have reached me of the assistance which it has afforded to students of the Old Testa-ment, in other countries, as well as at home. It has been a par-ticular satisfaction to me to know that it has so largely won paragraph of the Preface are also thoughtfully handled by Bishop Moorhouse in his volume entitled, The Teaching of Christ ( 1891), Sermons i. and ii. And since this note was originally written, there have appeared two essays, one by A. Hummer, D. D., in the Expositor for July 1891, on “ The Advance of Christ in Óïößá,” the other An Inquiry into the Nature of our Lord’s knowledge as man, by the Rev. W. S. Swayne, with a Preface by the Bishop of Salisbury, each meriting calm and serious consideration. The subject of our Lord’s attitude towards the Old Testament is also discussed suggestively by J. Meinhold, Jesus und das Alte Testament ( 1896). * In support of this statement, the writer may be allowed to refer to his Sermons on Subjects connected with the Old Testament ( 1892), to which is prefixed a paper read by him at the Church Congress at Folkestone ( 1892), “ On the Permanent Moral and Devotional Value of the Old Testament for the Christian Church.” For proof also that a spiritual appreciation of the Old Testament is fully compatible with a critical view of it, see Cheyne’s Commentary on the Psalms, and the Sermons on the Psalms in his Aids to the Devout Study of Criticism ( 1892), Kirkpatrick’s Doctrine of the Proph-ets, Sanday’s “ Bampton Lectures” ( 1893), etc. ( cf. below, p. xvi).   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. 2.12 Samuel. 3.12 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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