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THE CHRISTIAN VIEW

OF THE

OLD TESTAMENT

BY

FREDERICK CARL EISELEN

Professor in Garrett Biblical Institute

THE METHODIST BOOK CONCERN

NEW YORK CINCINNATI CHICAGO

Copyright, 1912 FREDERICK CARL EISELEN

Printed in the United States of America

First Edition Printed September, 1912 Second Printing, June, 1913 Third Printing, May, 1916 Fourth Printing, November, 1917 Fifth Printing, September, 1921 Sixth Printing, September, 1923 Seventh Printing, October, 1925 Eighth Printing, July, 1928

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CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

PREFACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 I. THE NEW TESTAMENT VIEW OF THE OLD TESTAMENT . . . . 9 II. THE OLD TESTAMENT AND MODERN SCIENCE . . . . . . . 38 III. THE OLD TESTAMENT AND MODERN CRITICISM . . . . . . 66 IV. THE OLD TESTAMENT AND ARCHAEOLOGY . . . . . . . . . 110 V. THE OLD TESTAMENT AND COMPARATIVE RELIGION . . . . 160 VI. THE PERMANENT SIGNIFICANCE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT . . 227 INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264

OTHER WORKS BY PROFESSOR EISELEN

PROPHECY AND THE PROPHETS THE MINOR PROPHETS THE WORKER AND HIS BIBLE THE BOOKS OF THE PENTATEUCH THE PSALMS AND OTHER SACRED WRITINGS THE PROPHETIC BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (Two Volumes)

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PREFACE

During the past half century the attitude of many men toward the Bible has undergone a decided change. The old confidence seems to be gone; a feeling of uncertainty and of unrest has taken its place. This small volume is intended to set forth the Christian view of the Old Testament, and to furnish answers to some of the questions men are asking concerning the Sacred Scriptures of the Hebrews, which the early Christians included in the canon of Christian sacred writings. The old foundations are not shaken. The Old Testament has stood the tests of the past, which have been severe and often merciless; and there is to day stronger ground than ever for believing that in its pages "men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit."

FREDERICK CARL EISELEN.

Evanston, Illinois.

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CHAPTER I

THE NEW TESTAMENT VIEW OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

The Christian Church has always assigned to the Bible a unique place in theology and life. What is true of the Bible as a whole is equally true of that part of the Bible which is known as the Old Testament. Indeed, until the middle of the second century of the Christian era, the only Scriptures accepted as authoritative were those of the Old Testament. Even then, only gradually and under the pressure of real need, different groups of Christian writings were added and received an authority equal to that of the older Scriptures. And though in the course of the centuries there have been some who denied to the Old Testament a rightful place in Christian thought and life, the Church as a whole has always upheld the judgment of the early Christians in making the Old Testament a part of the canon of Christian sacred writings.

It is worthy of note that the Old Testament played an important part in the religious life of Jesus. No one can study the records of his life without seeing that he gathered much of his {10} spiritual nourishment from its pages. Even in the moments of severest temptation, greatest distress, and bitterest agony the words of these ancient writings were on his lips, and their consoling and inspiring messages in his heart and mind. This attitude of Jesus toward the ancient Hebrew Scriptures in itself explains the high estimate placed upon them by his followers. For, in the words of G. A. Smith, "That which was used by the Redeemer himself for the sustenance of his own soul can never pass out of the use of his redeemed. That from which he proved the divinity of his mission and the age long preparation for his coming must always have a principal place in his Church's argument for him... Continue reading book >>




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