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To

MY FATHER AND MY MOTHER

IN GRATITUDE AND LOVE AND REVERENCE

I DEDICATE

WHATEVER OF MY OWN WITHIN THESE PAGES MAY BE TRUE AND WISE

FOR IT IS THEIRS

Autrement on l'accuse de ne rien dire de nouveau. Mais si les matières qu'il traite ne sont pas nouvelles, la disposition en est nouvelle. Quand on joue à la paume, c'est une même balle dont on joue l'un et l'autre ; mais l'un la place mieux.-Pascal.

CONTENTS

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PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION

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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

PRINCIPAL ABBREVIATIONS EMPLOYED .

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ADDENDA . . . . . . . . xxxvii

PROLEGOMENA-

The idea of the present edition .

The “historical ” method : its double bearing

The NT literature to be re-arranged in the order of its growth

Twofold need for this : in-.

(i.) general nature and requirements of historical study

(ii.) special nature of NT canon . . . . . 5

I. Significance of interval between the dates of a narrative's subject

and of its composition :

The meaning of a “contemporary” document

Instances from OT .

Bearing of this upon the apostolic age and our knowledge of Jesus

Every narrative contains a standpoint as well as a subject—"the

contemporary equation" . . . .

Any period and its literature mutually illuminating — reflex

influence . . . .

The question raised primarily in relation to the gospels . .

Origin and function of gospels—lapse of time between the life

of Jesus and their composition . . .

12

This interval inevitable — its significance for character of

gospels : advantages and drawbacks . . . 13 f.

Gospels not chronicles—their selective, interpretative element

Coloured hy contemporary tendencies . .

Witness indirectly to beliefs and feelings of apostolic age .

Their variations and idiosyncrasies

22 f.

Their personal element and didactic aim

25 f.

Historical narratives are thus a double witness, to past and present,

e.g. the fourth gospel

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31 f.

The gospels and the epistles: their rise and mutual relations .

The fact of distance an axiom of research to be recognised, for- .

(a) sense of order and progress in age .

(6) intelligibility of literature.

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Use and limitations of this method for and with the historical

imagination.
The NT literature to be taken in its sequence
Resultant insight into early Christian modes of thought and life.

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