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7063897 Companion to the Bible

7063897 Companion to the Bible

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Companion to the Bible
The Project Gutenberg EBook of Companion to the Bible, by E. P. BarrowsThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost norestrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re−use it underthe terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook oronline at www.gutenberg.netTitle: Companion to the BibleAuthor: E. P. BarrowsRelease Date: December 9, 2005 [EBook #17265]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO−8859−1
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*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK COMPANIONTO THE BIBLE ***Produced by John Hagerson, Juliet Sutherland, David King, and the OnlineDistributed Proofreading TeamCOMPANIONTOTHE BIBLE.BY REV. E.P. BARROWS, D.D.,PROFESSOR OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE.GENERAL PREFACE.The design of the present work, as its title indicates, is to assist in the studyof God's word. The author has had special reference to teachers of Bibleclasses and Sabbath−schools; ministers of the gospel who wish to haveready at hand the results of biblical investigation in a convenient andcondensed form; and, in general, the large body of intelligent laymen andwomen in our land who desire to pursue the study of Scripture in athorough and systematic way.The First Part contains a concise view of the Evidences of RevealedReligion. Here, since Christianity rests on a basis of historic facts, specialprominence has been given to the historic side of these evidences; those,namely, which relate to the genuineness, integrity, authenticity, andinspiration of the several books of the Bible. A brief view is added of theevidences which are of an internal and experimental character.In the Introductions to the Old and New Testament which follow in theSecond and Third Parts, the general facts are first given; then an account of 
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the several divisions of each, with their office and mutual relations, andsuch a notice of each particular book as will prepare the reader to study itintelligently and profitably.The Fourth Part is devoted to the Principles of Biblical Interpretation. Herethe plan is to consider the Scriptures, first, on the human side, as addressedto men in human language and according to human modes of thinking andspeaking; then, on the divine side, as containing a true revelation from God,and differing in this respect from all other writings. To this twofold viewthe author attaches great importance. To the human side belong theordinary principles of interpretation, which apply alike to all writings; tothe divine side, the question of the unity of revelation, and theinterpretation of types and prophecies.In each of the abovenamed divisions the author has endeavored to keepprominently in view the unity of revelation and the inseparable connectionof all its parts. It is only when we thus contemplate it as a glorious whole,having beginning, progress, and consummation, that we can trulyunderstand it. Most of the popular objections to the Old Testament havetheir foundation in an isolated and fragmentary way of viewing its facts anddoctrines; and they can be fairly met only by showing the relation whichthese hold to the entire plan of redemption.The plan of the present work required brevity and condensation. Theconstant endeavor has been to state the several facts and principles asconcisely as could be done consistently with a true presentation of them inan intelligible form. It may be objected that some topics, those particularlywhich relate to the Pentateuch, are handled in too cursory a way. Theauthor feels the difficulty; but to go into details on this subject wouldrequire a volume. He has endeavored to do the best that was consistent withthe general plan of the work. The point of primary importance to bemaintained is the divine authority and inspiration of the Pentateuch−−thewhole Pentateuch as it existed in our Saviour's day and exists now. Thereare difficult questions connected with both its form and the interpretation of certain parts of it in respect to which devout believers may honestly differ.For the discussion of these the reader must be referred to the works
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