The Bible in the making in the light of modern research

Paperback | January 14, 2012

byJohn Paterson Smyth

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1914. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II SOME CONTENTS OF THE LOST LIBRARY I The Crea-Now we are to seek for ourselves in tionand the Bible, traces of this old lost literaDeluge ture by methods which are explained Legends. jn g iater chapter. And at the very first step--in the very first chapters of Genesis--straightway we are carried back to the oldworld days, to the infancy of the Hebrew race, when Abram came wandering out of Ur of the Chaldees, one thousand years before Moses. For there in the twilight of history in the cradle of the Hebrew race, there were around him prehistoric legends of the Creation and the Flood. We have found them and can read them to-day. Abram and the men of his time must have known them. And if so, they must have remembered them. 'God did not obliterate the whole contents of the religious consciousness of the Abrahamic family when he called Abraham to leave his country.' These legends were primitive, childish, almost grotesque in parts, and they clearly belonged to a people who believed in many gods. That is perfectly natural, just what we should expect in those old Semitic races from which Israel sprang, when "their fathers dwelt of old time beyond the River, even Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, and they served other gods" (Josh. xxiv. 2). They were blind guesses of the old child-races long ago, puzzling in wonder and awe over the mystery of Creation--blind guesses about a Creatormay we not say blind gropings after God. At first sight we should feel sure that they could never touch the Bible. But it is hard to judge beforehand what may or not happen in the mysterious working of God's Providence. At any rate, if we are seeking truth we must face the facts before us. There are such reminiscences of them in the great epics of Genesis that we c...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1914. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II SOME CONTENTS OF THE LOST LIBRARY I The Crea-Now we are to seek for ourselves in tionand the Bible, traces of this old los...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:42 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:January 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217572235

ISBN - 13:9780217572231

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