A Critical History Of Christian Literature And Doctrine, From The Death Of The Apostles To The…

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byJames Donaldson

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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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...Have you not read that ' That soul will be destroyed from its race which shall not be circumcised on the eighth day01?'" Justin's reply to this is, that good men existed before the law; that these men neither kept the feasts nor the Sabbaths, and were not circumcised; that the law was given to the Jews on account of the hardness of their hearts; and that what was given for such a reason could not contribute to piety. The proper interpretation of the law, he maintains at the same time, is symbolic. The abstract of the Dialogue will show how he gave a spiritual interpretation to the feasts, to the Sabbath, and to circumcision. It will be sufficient to quote here some of the passages which speak generally of the reasons why the law was given. " Consider that it was on account of the hardness of the heart of your people that God through Moses laid these commandments on you, in order that through these many performances you might always have God before yonr eyes in every deed, and might begin neither to do injustice nor to be impious"." Justin adduces the knowledge that this was the occasion of the law as a sufficient reason why Christians should not observe the law: " For we should now observe the circumcision of the flesh, and the Sabbaths, and all the feasts without exception, did we not know the reason why they were enjoined on you,' namely, on account of your iniquities and hardness of heart." And for the same reason he affirms that they do not tend to piety: "And we know that injunctions given on account of the hard-heartedness of your people do not at all contribute to righteous conduct and piety P." Indeed, he maintains that the literal observance of the law had been a complete failure. The Jews had not been kept pious, nor had their...

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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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...Have you not read that ' That soul will be destroyed from its race which shall not be circumcised on the eighth...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:118 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.25 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021766380X

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