A Companion to Biblical Studies; Being a Revised and Re-Written Edition of the Cambridge Companion to the Bible

A Companion to Biblical Studies; Being a Revised and Re-Written Edition of the Cambridge Companion to the Bible

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... account of the beliefs of the writers on Theological questions. No creed, i.e. no summary of the Christian belief of the time, appears in the New Testament. Christianity meant to the first Christians the experience of a new power, which they were persuaded had come to them through Jesus of Nazareth, who had been crucified, but was risen again, and was now seated at the right hand of God. The books of the New Testament are written by men who are possessed with the consciousness of this new power, some of them for the sake of giving an account of the earthly life of Him to whom they owed it, others again for the sake of encouraging and warning the communities in which this power was felt to be working, others with other purposes. Christian theology is the attempt to explain this Christian experience; and, if we would discover the theological beliefs of the N.T. writers, we must not only read their explicit statements, but also try to discover what presuppositions underlie their writings. Moreover it is important to remember that some of the questions which came to be asked by Christians, as they reflected more and more upon their religious experience, --its meaning and its implications, --had not yet been raised in the lifetime of the writers of the New Testament. For instance, the primary theological questions of the relation of Jesus Christ to the Father and of the relation of the human to the divine in the Person of Jesus, arose out of the later reflexion of Christians. No explicit solution of these questions was to be found in the New Testament; for in the earliest times the need for such a solution had not yet been felt. In the New Testament, however, is to be found the beginning of the process of reflexion and attempted explanation, of which.show more

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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 426g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236609719
  • 9781236609717