He That Cometh

He That Cometh

He That Cometh

He That Cometh

Excerpt

This book originated in a series of lectures delivered in the early years of the Second World War to theological students at the University of Oslo. After the War, when normal communications with other countries were restored, and the most recent literature on the subject became accessible, it seemed desirable to discuss various theories which had been advanced by other scholars. This explains the extensive notes, which are carried at the bottom of the page in order not to cumber the actual text of the book with the details of technical discussion. The translation has been made from a partly revised Norwegian text.

I am very glad to know that arrangements have been made for an American edition. Before the Second World War, it was already evident that the English-speaking countries, and not least the United States of America, had gained a leading position in oriental and Biblical scholarship, especially in the philological and archaeological fields. In the post-war years, it has been still more evident. It is also a matter for satisfaction that these advances in scholarship have been made by fruitful interconfessional co-operation, and are thus a real element in the ecumenical enterprise.

But scholarly co-operation between generations is also both rewarding and necessary. Here the European exegetical tradition, with its all-round continuity, has a value alongside the recent, fresh viewpoints and the advances which have been made in the new world. We know that we have much to learn from our collaborators across the sea. We also believe that we have something to give in return. If this book can help to promote further fruitful interchange of ideas and viewpoints, it will give me great satisfaction.

I wish to repeat here the thanks expressed in the preface to the English edition to the translator, the Rev. G. W. Anderson, for his careful and devoted work, not least for his help in checking and often correcting the many hundreds of references. As an expression of my gratitude, I dedicate this American edition to him.

SIGMUND MOWINCKEL

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