The Function of Divine Manifestations in New Testament Times

Paperback | July 4, 2012

byLeroy Hahn Stafford

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...at length on various subjects relating to the public good. The people of the Graeco-Roman world, were likewise acquainted with the divinely instructed mediator of law. Strabo, writing probably 1 Florus, Epitome, i. 2. in the time of Augustus, states that more respect was entertained for divine than for human law, and that Delphi and Dodona were depended upon for legislation. He further informs us that Minos, entering into the presence of Zeus, received from him a body of law and passed it on to the Cretans.2 Herodotus, i.65, relates a similar transaction in reference to Sparta. Lycurgus went to Delphi to consult Apollo. The god told him through the pythoness that he entertained strong suspicions that Lycurgus himself was divine and "delivered to him the entire system of laws which are still observed by the Spartans." In like manner Apollo gave Solon laws for Athens, and Numa was divinely taught concerning his legislation for Rome.3 Christians of the New Testament period regarded Christianity as a "royal" or "regal" body of "law,"4 as a new covenant displacing the old.6 They likewise presented Jesus under the aspect of a new and divinely instructed lawgiver, in contradistinction to the lawgivers of ancient times. Jesus was worthy of more honor than Moses,6 for the reason that, while Moses mediated the old law, Jesus transmitted a new covenant of "grace and truth."7 This contrast between Jesus and the ancients is made especially prominent in such places as Mt. 5:20, 22, 26, 28, 32, 34, 39, 44, where the regular formula, "it was said to them of old time, but I say unto you," sets up the authority of Jesus in opposition to that his predecessors. It is also worthy of note in this connection...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...at length on various subjects relating to the public good. The people of the Graeco-Roman world, were likewise acquaint...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:July 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217083641

ISBN - 13:9780217083645

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