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VIII PREFACE nied without denying the ordinary principles by which history is judged and evidence estimated. Nor can it be doubted that the same conclusions, upon any neutral field of investigation, would have been accepted without hesitation by all conversant with the subject: they are opposed in the present instance by some theologians, only because they are supposed to conflict with the requirements of the Christian faith. But the history of astronomy, geology, and, more recently, of biology,* supplies a warning that the conclusions which satisfy the common unbiassed and unso-phisticated reason of mankind prevail in the end. The price at which alone the traditional view can be maintained is too high.† Were the difficulties which beset it isolated or occasional, the case, it is true, would be different: it could then, for instance, be reasonably argued that a fuller knowledge of the times might afford the clue that would solve them. But the phenomena which the traditional view fails to explain are too numerous for such a solution to be admissible; they recur so systematically that some cause or causes, for which that view makes no allowance, must be postulated to account for them. The hypothesis of glosses and marginal additions is a superficial remedy: the fundamental dis-tinctions upon which the main conclusions of critics depend re-main untouched.‡ The truth, however, is that apprehensions of the character [ xviii] just indicated are unfounded. It is not the case that critical conclusions, such as those expressed in the present volume, are in conflict either with the Christian creeds or with the articles of the Christian faith. Those conclusions affect not the fact of revelation, but only its form. They help to determine the stages through which it passed, the different phases which it assumed, and the process by which the record of it was built up. They do not touch either the authority or the inspiration of the Scriptures of the Old Testament. They * Comp. the luminous and able treatment of this subject, on its theo-logical side, by the late lamented Aubrey L. Moore in Science and the Faith ( 1889), esp. pp. xi– xlvii, and pp. 163– 235. † Of course there are many points at which tradition is not affected by criticism. I allude naturally to those in which the case is different. ‡ The same may be said of Bishop Ellicott’s “ rectified traditional view.” The distinctions referred to, it ought to be understood, in works written in defence of the traditional position, are, as a rule, very imperfectly stated, even where they are not ignored altogether.   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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