John Bloore

Alternative Views of The Bible

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Foreword

New York The Macmillan Company 1925 All rights reserved Copyright, 1925 By the Macmillan Company Set up and electrotyped. Published September, 1925. Reprinted November, 1925. Printed In The United States Of America By The Berwick & Smith Co. Foreword The modern use of the Bible1 depends for a foundation upon the modern view of the Bible considered in this book. Louis Wallis in his book entitled Sociological Study of the Bible sets forth this modern view of t...

Chapter 1 The Modern View of the Bible

It will not be necessary here to review the various stages marking the course of Biblical scholarship during the past century. It will suffice if we present the highly developed system which is the culmination of those studies. This system was articulated and put into its present widely accepted form by Prof. Wellhausen4 who is regarded, therefore, as the one who securely laid the foundation for the entire reconstruction of Biblical knowledge. He also greatly helped in building the superstru...

Chapter 2 Principal Features of Modernism

Before summarizing the results of this revolutionary treatment of the Bible and its effect upon our own religious faith it may be well to enlarge a little upon its principal features under the following four heads: (1) The road traveled by criticism; (2) The method used by criticism; (3) The course of Bible history as traced by criticism; (4) The origin and making of the Bible according to the latest explanation of criticism. Simply a statement of the modernistic view of the Bible is give...

Chapter 3 Effects of Modernism

The effects upon our own faith of the results reached by the critics and just described at some length may be now considered. This view of the Bible produces the following effects: (1) It asks us to ignore the Bible’s distinctive character and manifest difference, and make the history of Greece and Rome our standard in the study and interpretation of Bible history. (2) It asks us to admit that most of the Pentateuch and Joshua is of no higher order than the mythological literature of th...

Chapter 4 Refutation of Modernism

These matters concerning the understanding of the Bible may be considered in the light of jurispudence, and subjected to the universally acknowledged laws of evidence.34 The case may be stated as follows: Is the Old Testament a true narrative of fact or a creation of falsehood? The decision must be the latter if the views of Criticism are correct. Documentary or written evidence is to supply the testimony by which judgment must be reached. Let our examination be conducted in accordance wi...

Chapter 5 The Modern Use of the Bible

We are now to consider a use of the Bible35 based upon the modern approach to it already examined. This approach, as we have seen, is made along sociological lines, and the Bible’s religious development thus studied is supposed to present an evolution from ideas and conditions of a pagan, nomadic, tribal, and provincial order to the exalted morality and world-perspective of the writing prophets. With them, we are told, the social-redemptive program became one of universal application, so t...

Chapter 6 Some Principles of Interpretation

Observations already made have indicated the view of the Bible which is here advocated. We may now define more fully what it involves. The revolutionary views of Criticism, which alter so completely previous ideas of Bible history and also the former understanding of its origin and development, are contrary to the principles of Divine government and at variance with the course which the evidence shows God pursued in the revelation of Himself, as stated again and again and confirmed in the...
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