The Homiletic Review Volume 48

The Homiletic Review Volume 48

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...sun would be in his turn the "likeness" of the eternal Being whose goings forth are from everlasting and whose years are throughout all generations. When we have advanced thus far we are better prepared to understand Ezekiel, who does not, indeed, make his four living creatures to be representatives of God, but rather supporters of His throne. The imagery used is astronomical; the description sets before us the dome of the sky, supported all round on the zodiacal circle, and with the polar star at the summit. The cherubim stand at the four cardinal points, and their wings outstretched reach to those of their fellows. Four living creatures and their eight expanded wings cover the twelve divisions of the zone or ring. The rings are full of eyes (or stars), the wheels move, the living creatures advance continually sideways as the heavens revolve, and they never reverse the direction of their motion. Every phrase is suitable to the starry figures of the zodiac. Instances of winged sphinxes do occur on the monuments and on scaraboel. A little time ago Dr. W. A. Smythe Palmer argued learnedly that the cherubim in their primitive conception were strong winds favorable to vegetation. The wind was often symbolized by a swift, strong bird like the eagle; and the Spirit of God which moved on the face of the waters is called ruach, the same word as wind. But the cherubim are not entirely eagle or vulture. Dr. Palmer, in the course of his inquiry, says they are more correctly a combination of eagle and bull, the two strongest animals of the air and the land. Eventually, remembering these descriptions in Ezekiel, he conceives of them as an ideali zation of the four winds, the winds of the four quarters. This may be an approach to the truth; more

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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 699g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236792734
  • 9781236792730