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The Controversy on the Apochrypha.

The Controversy on the Apochrypha.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY JOHN HOGG.



About the beginning of the present century, a sharp con-
troversy sprung up in Great Britain respecting the Old Tes-
tament Apochrypha. The British and Foreign Bible Society
published the Apochrypha along with those Bibles which
were intended for circulation in continental Europe, on the
plea that it was impossible to circulate the Scriptures abroad,
especially in Germany, if these writings were excluded, as
the people generally imagined that they were a part of the
"Word of God.
BY JOHN HOGG.



About the beginning of the present century, a sharp con-
troversy sprung up in Great Britain respecting the Old Tes-
tament Apochrypha. The British and Foreign Bible Society
published the Apochrypha along with those Bibles which
were intended for circulation in continental Europe, on the
plea that it was impossible to circulate the Scriptures abroad,
especially in Germany, if these writings were excluded, as
the people generally imagined that they were a part of the
"Word of God.

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THE COTROVERSY O THE APOCHRYPHA. BY Dr. James InglisBY JOH HOGG. About the beginning of the present century, a sharp con- troversy sprung up in Great Britain respecting the Old Tes- tament Apochrypha. The British and Foreign Bible Society published the Apochrypha along with those Bibles which were intended for circulation in continental Europe, on the plea that it was impossible to circulate the Scriptures abroad, especially in Germany, if these writings were excluded, as the people generally imagined that they were a part of the "Word of God. This was true, it was alleged, not only of the Roman Catholics, who, since the Council of Trent, re- ceived all the boohs of the Apochrypha as canonical Scrip- ture, but also of the Lutherans, who, from reading them both 38 The Controversy on the apochrypha. [Jan,, in public and private, attached to them the idea of a sort of half inspiration. The late Dr. Andrew Thomson, of Edin- burgh, attacked this position, both in the pulpit and the press, with all the force of his pnwerful mind, alleging that such a defence was just a reiteration of the sentiment, "Let us do evil, that good may conic." This discussion extended to every part of Scotland, and issued id the establishment of the Edinburgh Bible Society, by which nothing was circulated but the pure Word of God. After the heat of controversy had subsided, the British and Foreign Bible Society ceased to print the Apochrypha for foreign circulation, out of defer- ence, it was alleged, to Scotland ; but, doubtless, also, for the conclusive arguments of Dr. Thomson and his coadjutors.
 
The Apochrypha controversy, as it was conducted in Great Britain, never touched the merits of the question. It was an appeal to expediency rather than to principle. The battle had to be fought and won on its own native soil, in Germany, on the ground of principle. Luther endeavored to find a middle ground between Roman Catholicism and Calvinism; and hence, while he excluded the Old Testament Apochrypha from the inspired canon, he maintained that its various books were useful for the diffusion of knowledge and the promotion of piety among the people. The result of such a decision was, that in the popular mind the Apochrypha gradually was re- garded as a part of the Word of God, and even the learned tacitly proceeded on the assumption that it was a very proper and natural appendix to the sacred volume. This was exactly the position maintained by Jahn, Hurlst. and other learned Roman Catholics, who, in order to reconcile the decisions of the Council of Trent with the results of modern criticism, endeavored to draw a distinction between the proto-canonical and deutero-canonical books of Scripture — a distinction un- known to the Tridcntinc fathers — affirming that the Apochry- pha belonged to the latter class, to which a subsidiary rank was assigned. In order to combat these views, the Prussian Bible Society offered a prize, in the beginning of 1853, for the best essay on the impropriety of circulating the Apochry- pha along with the Scriptures. This prize was adjudged to 1557.] The Controversy on the Apochrypha. 39 Philip Frederick Karl, and his essay, The Apochrypha of the Old Testament, was published at the expense of the Society, lie alleged, among other objections, that the Apochrypha sanctioned great errors in both doctrine and practice, and that it was entirely destitute of any reference to the Messiah, •as the hope of Israel. Many of the author's friends thought that he had bent the bow a little too tightly, and that many of his main positions would be vehemently assailed. or were they disappointed. Hengstenbcrg, who has lately main- tained many of the errors of the Puseyites, and who calls
 
Popery " a harmless superstition," assailed this essay, with remarkable bitterness, in the Evangelical Church Magazine^ affirming that its author could be nothing less than a Rational- ist ; that his statements went to overthrow the Church, and to nullify the Saviour's promise, " Lo, I am with you alway, ¦even unto the end of the world." Were this opinion pushed to its logical results, it would follow that the Church has never erred — a position entirely -opposed to all the facts of his- tory. Why did Paul rebuke the Corinthians for tolerating the incestuous person in their communion, and for their im- proper mode of observing the Lord's supper ? Why did he rebuke the Galatians for following the Judaizing teachers, and say to them, " I desire to be present with you now, and to charge my voice, for I stand in doubt of you "? Why did he remind liis converts, " the mystery of iniquity doth already work," if that leaven of deceit was not already in operation which should pervade the whole mass? These facts show that the Church could err, notwithstanding the Saviour's promise, and that our Lord's farewell promise to his disciples is just an assurance of their Master's presence and protection, in proportion as they remained faithful to their exalted Head. But the most formidable opponent of Karl's view is Dr. Pudolf Stier, author of the Words of Jesus, who maintains that the Apochrypha fills up an important gap between Malachi and the ew Testament ; that it contains a peculiar Christo- iogy, necessary to show the connexion between the Messiah of the Old Testament and the Christ of the ew ; and that 40 The Controversy on the Apochrypha. [Jan., our Saviour and his apostles, without the formality of quota- tion, frequently quote the very same words and sentiments aa those contained in the Apochrypha. These facts, it is alleged, show that, in the estimation of the ew Testament writers, the Apochrypha formed a sort of appendix to the Inspired Volume, and that it was to them of more importance than all

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