The Christian View of the Old Testament

Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 59,657 / 186 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 49.4
LoC Category: BR
Downloads: 815
Added to site: 2010.04.04
mnybks.net#: 27229
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Religion
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f Jehovah helped to formulate laws, the legal literature embodied in the Old Testament reached its final form under priestly influence.

The historical literature furnishes an interpretation of the movements of God in the events of history. It owes its origin in part to prophetic, in part to priestly, activity. The prophet was an ambassador of Jehovah appointed to make known the divine will concerning the past, the present, and the future. Of the present he spoke as a preacher; when his message concerned the future it took the form of prediction; but the case might arise that the people failed to understand the significance of events in their own history, and {20} thus failed to appreciate the lessons which the events were intended to teach. If these lessons were not to be lost, some one must serve as an interpreter, and who would be better qualified to furnish the right interpretation than the prophet? This demand made of him, in a sense, an historian, not for the purpose of merely recording events but

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