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Bible Difficulties and Their Alleviative Interpretation

Bible Difficulties and Their Alleviative Interpretation

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During the past few months, the .substance of
the chapters comprising- this volume was deliv-
ered in addresses on consecutive Sunday evenings
in the regular course of the author's ministry in
the Calvary Baptist Church. He has long felt
that most of the difficulties generally supposed to
be in the Bible are not really in the Bible ; but
are in the human interpretation of the Bible,
rather than in the divine revelation itself. It is
vastly important to separate between erroneous
biblical exposition and the actual truth of divine
revelation.
During the past few months, the .substance of
the chapters comprising- this volume was deliv-
ered in addresses on consecutive Sunday evenings
in the regular course of the author's ministry in
the Calvary Baptist Church. He has long felt
that most of the difficulties generally supposed to
be in the Bible are not really in the Bible ; but
are in the human interpretation of the Bible,
rather than in the divine revelation itself. It is
vastly important to separate between erroneous
biblical exposition and the actual truth of divine
revelation.

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BIBLE DIFFICULTIES AND THEIR Alleviative Interpretation BY ROBERT STUART MacARTHUR NEW YORK E. B. TREAT & COMPANY 241-243 Wkst 230 Street Copyright, 1898 By E. B. treat & COMPANY New York PREFACE. During the past few months, the .substance of the chapters comprising- this volume was deliv-ered in addresses on consecutive Sunday evenings in the regular course of the author's ministry in the Calvary Baptist Church. He has long felt that most of the difficulties generally supposed to be in the Bible are not really in the Bible ; but are in the human interpretation of the Bible, rather than in the divine revelation itself. It is
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vastly important to separate between erroneous biblical exposition and the actual truth of divine revelation. The newer scholarship, it will readily be ad-mitted, has disturbed the faith of some Bible stu-dents; but it is absolutely certain that it has given 'the Bible a fresh interest and an increased value. It is not necessary to accept all the con-clusions of the so-called Higher Critics; indeed, these conclusions are often at variance with one another, and more careful criticism will entirely refute some of the positions taken. But we can readily see that the later criticism has done much to disabuse the minds of some readers of their traditional interpretations and unauthoritative preconceptions of Holy Scripture ; and, as a re-sult, the Bible was never so new and so attractive a library as it is at this hour. It never was so ID PREFA CE. carefully studied as now ; and it never has been to the church or to the race the blessing which it
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will be in the near future. The aim of these dis-courses is to separate between false interpreta-tion and genuine revelation. Miracles which God performs we unquestioningly receive; miracles which men imagine we are free to accept or re- ject. This volume contains a selection rather than a collection of difficulties in the Old-Testament Scriptures. Questions asked by members of the author's congregation, and by correspondents in different parts of the country, partly guided him in his selection of the difficulties discussed. Doubtless, many passages of Scripture which are serious difficulties to the minds of some readers have been omitted ; but it was not possible to in-clude all within the limits of a volume of con-venient size. Still it is believed that the most serious difficulties are here discussed. The au-thor regrets that these discussions do not more fully combine the results of the latest and most reverent scholarship with the spirit of sincere love to the Holy Book and its divine Author. Of his failures in all respects he is distinctly and deeply conscious; nevertheless, he hopes that as these discussions have proved helpful to many
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