Theodore Parker; A Biography

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byOctavius Brooks Frothingham

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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. 1874 Excerpt: ...it is necessary to look a little at the state of opinion in the world about him on this matter. I. The Jews considered marriage necessary and sacred. Celibacy in a man was thought impious, in a woman disgraceful (see Isa. iv. 1); but afterwards marriage got into worse repute among the Jews, and moralists found it necessary to commend marriage (see, e.g., Ecclus. xxxvi. 24-26; xxvi. 1-3, 13-16, 20-21; xl. 23, and other passages). At length there grew up a sect which abandoned marriage,--the Essenes: they had some excellent ideas, it seems, and had a good deal of influence on the early Christians in many matters. II. Amongst the heathens, marriage was generally held in esteem; or, at any rate, celibacy was not much allowed or practised. Still it was sometimes practised as a religious duty by a caste of men or women: the vestal virgins are examples. In the offering of sacrifices, it seems early to be thought that what was most valuable to men, or most dear, was also the most acceptable offering to God. Hence the fruits of pastoral life (oxen, &c.) or of agricultural life (wheat, fruit, &c), and not the spontaneous productions of the earth, were the sacrifice. As the organs of generation were of value in keeping the race in existence, and in satisfying the instinct of man, in a fit of religious excitement men mutilated themselves in the name of God (the priests of Cybele are examples of this), and others made a vow of temporary or continual chastity. III. The Hebrews never had a high idea of woman. Man is created for his own sake, woman to be a help-meet for him (Gen. ii. 18-24). Man is of God; woman only of man, and for man. This, also, is Paul's notion (1 Cor. xi. 7, &c.). The common notion of woman in the Old Testament is, that she is a wanton, a...

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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. 1874 Excerpt: ...it is necessary to look a little at the state of opinion in the world about him on this matter. I. The Jews considered marriage ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:188 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.4 inPublished:May 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217636128

ISBN - 13:9780217636124

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