The Churchman's Introduction to the Old Testament

The Churchman's Introduction to the Old Testament

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...the cruelty of that licentiousness which was his own besetting sin, and is not all literature full of such inconsistencies? Driver. ON THE PREDICTIVE ELEMENT IN PROPHECY TWO errors need to be carefully guarded against if the prophetic writings are to be read with intelligence; the first relates to the character of the prophet, the second concerns the nature of his predictions. The popular conception of a prophet is that he was one whose main function was to foretell what would happen in the future. Neither the name by which the prophets were known nor the written works which they have left behind them support this conception. The most general term for a prophet in the Hebrew, Nabi, signifies one who bursts forth, presumably under Divine influence and into spiritual utterance. The less common words, Rbeh and Chbzeh, translated "seer" in our version, indicate one who sees, and, in this connection, one with a more piercing spiritual glance than ordinary men. The English word prophet, again, means one who speaks for another--that other being in this case Jehovah. If we condense into one the meanings of these various terms, and picture to ourselves one who under strong ethical emotion is irresistibly moved to utter the truths revealed to him, who sees deeply into things spiritual, who speaks not in his own name but in that of God whose messenger he is, we arrive at a conception which corresponds exactly with that derived from a study of the prophetic writings. It is not denied, of course, that prediction was a part of the prophet's role, but it was at all times a subordinate part. The prophet was first and foremost an inspired preacher of righteousness, a censor of morals, a revealer of new truths, a religious reformer. Even under more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
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  • English
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  • 9781236590923