Bible from the Standpoint of the Higher Criticism

Bible from the Standpoint of the Higher Criticism

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...and, at that time, after Rome and Alexandria, the most noted city in the world. There, Jews and Syrians, Greeks and Romans, mingled in the freedom of commercial intercourse, a mingling which doubtless aided Paul's work, by promoting the deeper freedom begotten of intellectual and religious tolerance. Of his missionary work in Syria Paul gives no details, saying only that he worked in independence of the other apostles, and that his labours were richly blessed. Then, after fourteen years, he says, he went up again to Jerusalem to confer with the older apostles, taking two of his fellow-labourers, Barnabas and Titus, with him. What was the object of this visit to the heads of the community at Jerusalem? Paul's work had been carried on quite apart from theirs, and on quite different lines. He had admitted Gentiles into the Churches which he founded; he had condemned the Judaistic Law as of no authority; and in the case of the Gentiles at any rate, had ceased to observe the rites and ordinances which all faithful Jews regarded as obligatory.1 The older apostles, on the other hand, living at the very centre of Judaistic worship, were still faithful to the Law; many of them were most rigid and scrupulous in their observance of its rites and forms, waiting only for the return of their Lord and Master, Jesus, as Messiah. It was on this point then--the admittance of Gentiles into the little communities--that Paul went to Jerusalem, in order probably to win over the older apostles to his wider point of view, and so gain the weight of their authority on his side; for, he says, .certain false brethren (by which he means the Judaisers) " came privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage." The...
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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236668243
  • 9781236668240