The Authorship and Historical Character of the Fourth Gospel; Considered in Reference to the Contents of the Gospel Itself a Critical Essay

The Authorship and Historical Character of the Fourth Gospel; Considered in Reference to the Contents of the Gospel Itself a Critical Essay

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...especially to the traitor, if the author of the Gospel were himself an Apostle. Doubtless he had often mused upon the strangeness of the fact that a traitor should have been chosen. Still he cannot but reconcile it with the omniscience of the Chooser. Notice the familiar knowledge implied in the addition, ' Judas Iscariot the son of Simon, ' which is found again in xiii. 26, but not in the Synoptic Gospels. Is this the work of a forger? The mention of the 'twelve' now for the first time without further explanation shows that the Synoptic tradition is presupposed. It is important to observe that the phrase is nowhere used throughout the early chapters i-iv, where it is probable that the 'twelve' as a definite body had not been collected. St. John vi. 60-71. CHAPTER VIII. THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES. CHAPTER vii, like chapter vi, is very important for the estimate of the fourth Gospel. In it the scene of the Messianic crisis shifts from Galilee to Jerusalem; and, as we should naturally expect, the crisis itself becomes hotter. The divisions, the doubts, the hopes, the jealousies, and the casuistry of the Jews are vividly portrayed. We see the mass of the populace, especially those who had come up from Galilee, swaying to and fro, hardly knowing which way to turn, inclined to believe, but held back by the more sophisticated citizens of the metropolis. These, meanwhile, apply the fragments of Rabbinical learning at their command in order to test the claims of the new prophet. In the background looms the dark shadow of the hierarchy itself, entrenched behind its prejudices and refusing to hear the cause that it has already prejudged. A single timid voice is raised against this injustice, but is at once fiercely silenced. The opening scene, which is still...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236510909
  • 9781236510907