A Critical Essay on the Gospel of St. Luke

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J. Taylor, 1825 - Bible - 320 pages
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Page 313 - He is from beginning to end no more than the compiler and arranger of documents, which he found in existence, and which he allows to pass unaltered through his hands. His merit in this capacity is twofold — that of arrangement and of judicious selection.
Page 48 - Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary lived at Nazareth. Matthew, on the contrary, knows nothing of any accidental cause of the birth happening at Bethlehem ; and clearly supposes that Joseph, but for the intervention of some particular circumstances, would have returned to Judea after his flight ; and therefore manifestly takes that, and not Galilee, to have been his usual place of abode. All attempts to reconcile these two contradictory statements seem only elaborate efforts of art, to which one should not...
Page xxv - Memoirs of the Apostles,' we may suppose, ... that this document Aleph was 4O drawn up from communications made by the Apostles, and therefore that it was not only a work of good authority, but a work, which was worthy of furnishing materials to any one of the Apostles, who had formed a resolution of writing a complete History. I would not however convert either the Memoirs of the Apostles...
Page xi - This doctrine however has been so long abandoned that it would now be a waste of time to attack it. When I say it has been abandoned, I mean of course only by the learned ; for undoubtedly it is still a. generally received notion...
Page x - Illustration of the Hypothesis proposed in the " Dissertation on the origin and composition of our three first Canonical Gospels ;
Page 26 - Similar to this is the circumstance, that Zacharias is punished with dumbness for his unbelief, and thus contrasted with Mary, who breaks forth, under divine inspiration, into songs of praise; and yet that, although his unbelief must long before have ceased, he does not recover his speech till the instant when, by confirming the name, he solemnly recognizes the angel's declaration of his son's calling.
Page 44 - They are not at all supplemental to each other, but on the contrary, the corresponding members of the two successions, almost entirely exclude each other. Hence, then, if in any one point, the narrative of the one evangelist is correct, that of the other, so far as it relates to the same epoch, cannot be so.
Page clx - How we wish that the author had explained what he means by this expression !— ] JNTow, if the compiler of our Gospel was one of whom it may seem doubtful whether, as he does not belong to the number of the Twelve, an extraordinary influence of the Spirit can with propriety be attributed to him ; it is, at all events, safer that he should appear as the compiler and arranger only, not as the author, and that we should have to look for the first and largest portion of the extraordinary agency,...
Page 25 - ... of the company, by which the narrator himself allows his description to be interrupted. At all events then we should be obliged to suppose that the author made additions of his own, and enriched the historical narrative by the lyrical effusions of his own genius.
Page 24 - ... historical narrative. The latter supposition in its strictest sense, at all events, no one will adopt; or contend that the angel Gabriel announced the advent of the Messiah, in figures so purely Jewish, and in expressions taken mostly from the Old Testament; or...

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