The Four Witnesses; Being a Harmony of the Gospels on a New Principle

The Four Witnesses; Being a Harmony of the Gospels on a New Principle

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...of all our readers. On comparing this recollection with the impression left on us by the three synoptical Gospels, we must at once be sensible that our fourth Gospel has something in it powerfully distinctive, something profoundly illustrative, something that takes a strong hold on our minds. There are here, as in the other Gospel writings, historical incidents taken from the life, and sufferings, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But no sooner do we enter upon it, than we find something more than the artless and childlike simplicity of St Matthew's narrative; more than the rapidity and terseness of St Mark's record; more than the calm and flowing historical style of St Luke. With that artlessness, and that terseness, and that calmness, there ishere mingled a higher and more elevated tone--a tone derived from the monuments of the remotest sacred antiquity, as well as from the hidden depths of the most profound theology; a tone, reminding us sometimes of the Mosaic account of the creation, sometimes of the wise sayings of Solomon, sometimes akin even to the later theology of J ewish-Alexandrine philosophers. Let us but read and compare.-Moses had said: IN THE BEGINNING God created the heaven and the earth; and John says, IN THE BEGINNING was (i'v) the Word. By him were all things made (eyevero); and without him was not any thing made that was made (c'bye': /ero ozidiev 5' 'ye"yove). The Supreme Wisdom had said in Solomon (Prov. viii. 22), Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I have been set up (anointed) from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; before the mountains were settled, before the hills was more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236803043
  • 9781236803047