An Introduction to the Old Testament: Chronologically Arranged

An Introduction to the Old Testament: Chronologically Arranged

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An Introduction to the Old Testament: Chronologically Arranged

An Introduction to the Old Testament: Chronologically Arranged

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It is one of the happy omens of a brighter future in regions of religious belief that thoughtful men and women who lay no claim to first-rate scholarship are yet exercising their unquestionable right to make judgments of their own. They are less content than ever before to take their views of the Bible and of its teachings at second hand. They furnish a growing audience which is eager to follow in the paths blazed for them by broadminded explorers, whose purpose is to make a way for others rather than to gain individual distinction in discovery.

This Introduction will be of notable service to those who seek to master for themselves the reasons for the conclusions of reverent modern scholarship. The task is not a difficult one. No science is less obscure in its main trends and applications than that of historical criticism. Common sense plays a very large part in reaching its conclusions. It merely utilizes in the interpretation of the varied literature of the Bible those accepted canons of fair inquiry upon which human judgments concerning all other literary growth are based. It does not necessarily confine itself to those rules or methods. It may be as deeply spiritual as devotional study. It underlies, in fact, the richest and most permanent advances in Biblical knowledge of the present age. Such work as that of Davidson, George Adam Smith, Moffatt, Bruce, Skinner, Bennett, McFadyen, and Adeney in Great Britain or of Harper, McGiffert, Kent, Moore, Smith, Burton, Paton and others in this country, -- interpretative and historical work of the most helpful type, which has developed a love of Biblical study in the hearts of hundreds of thousands, -- is absolutely based upon a broad, generous, historical criticism.

This volume makes a place for itself by its arrangement alone. No one can at this day write a critical Introduction to the Old Testament which will be at once helpful and very novel. The world of scholarship has excellent tools at its . . .

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