An Introduction to the Life of Jesus; An Investigation of the Historical Sources

An Introduction to the Life of Jesus; An Investigation of the Historical Sources

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...manuscript of the New Testament of the fourth century, one of the four great manuscripts preserved to us. All of these writings are of the utmost importance as evidence of the actuality of the life of Jesus and of the early existence of the record of that life, although they themselves relate none of the incidents of the life. In a perfectly naive way they assume an acquaintance on the part of their readers with the words and deeds of Jesus. The apologists, on the defensive, were obliged to state and explain facts and array arguments as their predecessors had not been obliged to do. One peculiarity about their writings is the abundance of quotations from the New Testament. It has been averred that, if the New Testament were to-day by some strange catastrophe eliminated from the earth, its essential contents, and indeed nearly its entire phraseology, could be reproduced from the quotations of the apologists. To such a degree have early scepticism and theological strife undesignedly aided in the preservation and authentication of the documents which they generally sought to overthrow and destroy. Justin Martyr, the first of the apologists, active with his pen the decade preceding A.d. I50,1 while giving many facts of the Gospels, adds to them merely these: that Jesus was born in a cave;2 that the Wise Men came from Arabia;s that the Lord's miracles were ascribed to magic by some of the people who beheld them;i and that a fire was kindled in the Jordan as soon as Jesus stepped into it to be baptized.6 Celsus, as reported by Origen, makes Jesus "little" and "ill-favored " and "ignoble," 6 and represents the mother of Jesus as working with her own hands at spinning.7 The Clementine Homilies make John the Baptist to have...
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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236590007
  • 9781236590008