Christ in the Gospels

Christ in the Gospels

Christ in the Gospels

Christ in the Gospels

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The present volume contains the Hale Lectures for 1929-1930.

Among the alternative lecture subjects specified by Bishop Hale in his bequest was "Contemporaneous Church History: i. e., treating of events happening since the beginning of what is called 'The Oxford Movement,' in 1833." In accordance, in honoring me with the invitation to deliver the lectures the Hale Committee specified "The Progress and Results of Gospel Research." This subject, indeed, belongs in the highest degree to contemporaneous Church History. In 1833 a truly historical study of the Gospels scarcely existed at all. It is really only within the present generation that in Church circles we have learned to accept the bearing of literary Synoptic analysis on historical problems, and have begun to treat the Fourth Gospel as essentially different from the Synoptics. Such vital "background" subjects as knowledge of the apocalyptic literature and critical use of Talmudic sources have arisen and developed within the memory of every one who has attained his two score years and ten. And the latest discipline of all, the scientific investigation of the pre-Synoptic tradition-- somewhat misnamed "form criticism"--has hardly completed the first decade of its existence.

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