Htr Volume 15

Htr Volume 15

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...value apart from its questionable conclusions. The significance of the Cynics and the Stoa, together with the Stoic popular philosophy and the other doctrines prevalent in the earlier imperial period, the coming of astrology from the East and its great influence, the mystery-religions and hellenistic mysticism, and the Jewish Alexandrian philosophy, are described, and the book closes with an 'Application, ' in which the author seeks to establish the thesis that the gospel is a metaphysical poem, the fruit of a combination of oriental and western thought. What is depicted in the gospels is not a noble teacher but a metaphysical being, in the elaboration of which Orient and Hellenism wrought in common. Of some interest is the reference to Seneca's tragedy, Hercules Oetaeus, as a counterpart to the gospel of the suffering and glorified Son of God (see also Tijdschrift v. Wijsbegeerte, 1921, 161-178). The author's defect is that he has overlooked the profound differences between Christianity and Hellenism and the complete contrast in their general character. He does not do justice to the eschatological, messianic character of the gospels, while the hellenistic analogies which he adduces are trivial and beside the mark. The historical figure of the human Jesus of Nazareth, imbued with the piety of the Old Testament and animated by prophetic and messianic spirit, gave the indispensable first impulse which led to the creation of a Christian church. A gospel propagated by purely literary means, itself a fictitious invention, could never have gained credence in Palestine. This observation of mine (ThT, 1918, 318) van den Bergh van Eysinga tries to repel (NThT, 1919, 274 ff.) from Enoch 71, where Enoch, a mythical person, is...
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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236939816
  • 9781236939814