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The Teaching of Jesus Concerning Himself

The Teaching of Jesus Concerning Himself

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. PROF. JAMES STALKER, D.D.
BY REV. PROF. JAMES STALKER, D.D.

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THE TEACHIG OF JESUS COCERIG HIMSELFBY REV. PROF. JAMES STALKER, D.D.HODDER AD STOUGHTOLODO EW YORK TOROTOTHE WHOLE TEACHIG OFJESUS CHRISTi.THE CHRISTOLOGY OF JESUS,BEIG HIS TEACHIG COCERIG HIMSELF,ACCORDIG TO THE SYOPTISTS.II.THE ETHIC OF JESUS,BEIG HIS TEACHIG COCERIG SALVATIO,ACCORDIG TO THE SYOPTISTS.{Published in 1909.in.THE TEACHIG OF JESUSAS RECORDED BY ST. JOHPREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITIOI the preface to an early issue of The Life of Jesus Christ, and again in the preface to Imago
 
Christi, I made public my intention of writing onthe Teaching of Christ. But the fulfilment of thispurpose has been long delayed. This has not beendue to the withdrawal of my attention from thesubject, which for more than twenty years has beenmy favourite study. Again and again I have broughtmy materials to the verge of publication ; but I haveshrunk back owing to the impossibility of doing justice to the subject, and to a fear lest my resultswere not grounded upon a sufficiently thoroughexegesis of the Saviour s words. At length, however,when the trustees of the Cunningham Lectures didme the honour of asking me to undertake the coursefor this year, I felt this to be a providential summonsto delay no longer but to bring at least a portion of my materials to the maturity requisite for publication.viii PREFACEThe result is the volume now offered to the public,which deals with a part of the teaching of Jesuscomplete in itself.A word may be desirable to indicate the relationof what is here completed to what is left. Moreprominent than the Christology in the Synoptists isthat which may be called the Ethic of Jesus ; andthese two together the Christology and the Ethicpretty well embrace all that the Synoptists offer.The distinction between the two is that, while theChristology sets forth what God has done for man ssalvation, the Ethic would cover what man has to doand experience in being saved. Then there remainsthe teaching of Jesus according to St. John, which,as has been explained in the opening lecture, is aformation by itself demanding separate treatment.Some of my hearers, I have learnt, were not satisfiedwith what I said in the first lecture about St. John,
 
supposing my statement to be unfavourable to theauthenticity of the Fourth Gospel. This, however,was by no means my intention. Supremely as Iprize the Synoptists, I feel, after reading them, thatthere is something still untold. They fail to accountfully for the origin of so stupendous a movementas Christianity, in the same way as, after readingPREFACE ixXenophon s Memorabilia, one feels that somethingmore requires to be told to make intelligible theinfluence of Socrates in the history of Greek thought.Whether the teaching of Jesus as recorded by St. Johnis idealised like that of Socrates in Plato s Dialogues,or in what other way the Teacher depicted in theFourth Gospel is related to fact, I need not attempthere to define ; because it will be seen, from theadvertisement at the beginning of this volume, that Ilook forward to writing both on the Ethic of Jesusas unfolded in the Synoptists and on the Teaching of Jesus as recorded by St. John. But it is astonishinghow St. John, after being so often proved to have hadnothing to do with the divine picture of the FourthGospel, ever and anon reappears as its veritableproducer and owner, and, after having had to endurethe reproach of fantasticality and incompetence, isloaded again with admiration and eulogy. There areenigmas in this Gospel which still await explanation ;but the world will never rest in the belief either thatthis intimate record came from anyone but an apostle,or that the disciple whom Jesus loved can havedistorted and falsified the image of his Master.Though each of the three divisions of our Lord ?teaching indicated above has its own difficulties, the

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