History of the Books of the New Testament Volume 1

History of the Books of the New Testament Volume 1

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... the embassy is from Antioch to Jerusalem and the return is to Antioch; the time is the same and so are the persons: Paul and Barnabas representing the Gentiles, Cephas and James representing the circumcision; the adversaries in the Acts are converted pharisees who wish to introduce legal observances into the Church, in the epistle they are false brethren who wished to-impose the Mosaic Law on the Pagan converts. In both accounts the Council is stormy. The result in both is freedom for the Gentiles and recognition of the apostolic mission of Paul and Barnabas. Now let us examine the details. The Acts say (xv. 2.) that Paul and Barnabas were sent by the Christians of Antioch, the epistle says (ii. 2) that he went up according to a revelation. Cannot both be true? St Paul supplies the interior and St Luke the exterior motive. Hort conjectures that St Paul hesitated to go, and that a commandment from God reached him. According to the Acts, the question in dispute was discussed and settled in public in presence of the whole Church assembled. In the epistle, St Paul speaks only of private conferences with those who seemed to be something. He insists repeatedly on his intercourse with the apostles, on the good relations between him and them, on their giving him the right hand of fellowship. This was what was important for his purpose. He had not to write the history of the Council. Probably the Galatians knew it quite well. But he tells them what they did not know, viz. what took place in private. Yet he does not omit a mention of the public meeting: " I conferred with them the gospel which I preached among the Gentiles, but apart with them who seemed to be something." So he speaks of two meetings: one in public and one in private....show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236945212
  • 9781236945211