Ad Schumann

An Introduction to the Book of the Old and New Testament, Vol. 14 (Classic Reprint)

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   - An Introduction to the Book of the Old and New Testament, Vol. 14 (Classic Reprint)

Excerpt from An Introduction to the Book of the Old and New Testament, Vol. 14

This is a book of results. Its author professes to lay before his readers "the sure results" gained by theological criticism within the last half century. The report is made by one, who, though orthodox in religious belief, is a scholar of Gesenius and Dc Wette in theology.

As a summary of these results, the book has been chosen and translated, since it will afford the assailants of the Bible in this country, reason to think that they have assumed too jubilant a tone, and since it will supply to its friends solid grounds for the conviction that their alarm has been undue. Let. those who suppose that the Bible has received fatal blows from German criticism here satisfy themselves how little impression has been thereby made on its substance.

A writer of the Rationalistic school in theology has been preferred because such an one may be believed to report all the damage that the Scriptures have suffered from criticism, while one of conservative tendencies would have been open to suspicion. To what extent the results here set forth are "sure" in their negations, is, with the Translator, a point of secondary consequence. His main purpose has been to afford to the negative criticism of Germany an opportunity of allowing English students to judge how inconsiderable is the breach which it has been able to make in the walls of Zion. Some notes are added by the Translator, which may tend to prove that its assaults arc more numerous than its victories.

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