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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.

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Historical narratives are thus a double witness, to past and present, e.g. the fourth gospel . .

. . 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.

II. Canonical order of NT varying and unchronological

Its object usually practical and devotional .

Apt to mislead and hinder historical research.

Its inadequacy for strict investigation . .

Need of a fresh arrangement of the literature on a different

principle . . .

III. Explanation of present edition : its objects, limitations, possibility.

Does not imply-

(a) organic relations necessarily between certain docu-

ments, e.g. gospels and Pauline epistles. .

literary dependence in relation to chronology of

documents . . . . . . .

the place of Paulinism in early Christian develop-

ment. . . . . .

(6) dogmatic purpose .
or orderly development,

the deceptiveness and inadequacy of chronology .
(c) undue literary prominence of Pauline epistles-
two considerations : (i.) early Christian letters

and evangelic collections,

previous to 70 A.D. , .
(ii.) unrecorded life, contemporary

with Paul. .

Limitations of this edition

The preliminary character of a chronological arrangement—what is

a "date"?. .

The possibility of such an attempt in the present state of NT

criticism ..

The general legitimacy of NT criticism .

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