Excerpt from The Life and Mind of Paul: Lectures to the Students of Vanderbilt University, Delivered in March, 1910, on the Cole Foundation
IT is safe to say that no Methodist minister has ever been more thoroughly saturated with the Pauline Epis tles than Bishop A. W. Wilson. To use the language of Lord Bacon, he has literally chewed them and in wardly digested them. They have been his meditation day and night for more than fifty years. Whenever he speaks concerning them, it is with the authority of full and penetrating knowledge. That Circumstances have hindered him from giving them exhaustive treatment in book form is a source of deepest regret to the whole Church. The lectures that are presented in this volume bear all the marks of extemporaneous delivery. They are simply the spontaneous outpourings of a great and fruitful mind, Caught by a stenographer not too well skilled in such matters, and thus saved from passing into oblivion. Even so they are wonderfully rich and stimulating, and ought to have a wide reading. St. Paul is still the profoundest interpreter of the mind of Jesus, and anything that serves to pass on his thoughts to the world is a blessing of no common value. I Count it a great honor to associate my name with that of my honored senior colleague by writing this brief intro duction. Long may he linger among us to show us that it is still possible to preach the gospel with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven! E. E. Hoss.
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