The Tradition of Scripture; Its Origin, Authority and Interpretation

The Tradition of Scripture; Its Origin, Authority and Interpretation

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...Vatican Greek text is held in high esteem. Catholics do not agree touching the authorship, which many would ascribe to the elder Tobit, while others leave the book anonymous. But all are of one mind in rejecting views, common to outside critics, that it was composed after the Christian era. Gratz, for example, attributes it to the period of Hadrian (120 A.D.) and Neubauer assents. Moderns draw a strong argument from the silence of Josephus. When it was included in the LXX. we cannot tell. But there is every reason to hold that Christians would never have regarded as Scripture a Hebrew volume written in or after Apostolic times by a non-Christian. The variations in text are many and remarkable. Tobit is certainly Haggadah of a beautiful kind. Regarding its historical worth, no tradition of the Fathers obligatory on Catholics appears to exist. Its relation to other stories, such as The Grateful Dead and the Tale of Ahicliar, has been used in illustration of the romantic nature ascribed to it by modern readers; so too the symbolical names of its personages, and the borrowings, as they say, from Persian mythology of Asmodeus Aeshma-daevd), etc. 1 Vigouroux, M. B., ii. nos. 718-24; E. Bi., ad vocem. Whatever be thought of these allegations, a history like Tobit's in all its religious circumstances must have been far from uncommon during the Exile and Captivity. The ministering care of angels is an article of the Catholic as it was of the Hebrew faith; and we may consider this beautiful little story as indeed a pious apologue, but not on that account fictitious, any more than the Lives of the Saints which it manifestly anticipates. The book is well termed a practical vindication of Providence, and falls into the same category with Job, Esther, ...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236878922
  • 9781236878922