Journal of Sacred Literature Volume 2

Journal of Sacred Literature Volume 2

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...writings of the Early Church have come down to us, either in substance or traditionally, we may find an answer to the question in the fate of the autographs of the gospels and epistles, written by the hands of men around whose brows from that time to this the Church has delighted to entwine the halo of sanctity. This is an age which, perhaps more than any other, can estimate the value of relics of the past, especially when associated with historical renown, high mental attainments, or eminent writers; and our eagerness to become possessors of but a few words written by our poets or heroes, will at once indicate to us the priceless worth of an autograph epistle of St. John or St. Paul. An historian of the Library of the Vatican, tells us that " St. Peter, when he would set up the see of the truth, brought the Holy Gospel to Rome; and that Paul the Apostle when he called Timothy thither, was careful that literary monuments should be brought with him: For bring with thee, he says, the books, and especially the parchments. Behold the beginnings of the Vatican Library. En Vaticanc e Bibliothecce primordia!"d But, except by a figure of speech, the learned Assemani could not indicate, in that depository of glorious remains, the least fragment of papyrus or parchment which apostolic eyes had looked upon or fingers touched. Yet thereas a time when all that those holy founders of the Church had written in their public capacity existed and was handled, read, and copied from. What became of those wondrous productions, or by what strange fate have they refused to unfold their glorious characters to posterity? Perhaps we might justly reply, that the age was too intent on great things to care for little ones; that it had such a high perception of The Truth...show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 408g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236662105
  • 9781236662101