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The Cambridge History of the Bible: Volume 3, The West from by S. L. Greenslade

By S. L. Greenslade

The 2 prior volumes of this finished and luxurious historic resource, produced via a very good workforce of students, are The Cambridge background of the Bible: quantity 1, From the Beginnings to Jerome and The Cambridge background of the Bible: quantity 2, The West from the Fathers to the Reformation.

Chapters contain "The Bible within the Reformation" (by Roland H. Bainton, biographer of Martin Luther; the following I Stand: a lifetime of Martin Luther (Hendrickson vintage Biographies)), "English types of the Bible, 1525-1611," "The Bible within the Roman Catholic Church from Trent to the current Day," "The upward push of contemporary Biblical Scholarship and up to date dialogue of the Authority of the Bible," "English models on account that 1611," etc.

Here are a few consultant quotations from the volume:

"But on different events Luther behaved as is he have been minded to open an argument at the canon not just of the previous testomony but additionally of the recent. 'I so hate Esther and II Maccabees that I want they didn't exist. there's an excessive amount of Judaism in them and never a bit heathenism.'" (Pg. 6-7)
"John Toland ... took the view that there couldn't very likely be whatever mysterious in Christianity considering the fact that secret was once opposite to cause. Absurdities within the biblical files needs to as a result be eradicated, and Toland proceeded in his subsequent paintings to excise these elements of the recent testomony which looked as if it would him to be incomprehensible." (Pg. 241)
"The web results of the Deist controversy, because it affected Holy Scripture, was once to depart the normal view of the authority of the Bible in a far weakened condition... to bandy concerning the sacred texts in public dispute, and to make the Scriptures the small switch of pamphleteers, used to be instantaneously to unseat the Bible from the pedestal on which it were positioned within the 17th century. The awe and reverence with which its exaltation into the seat of infallible authority had surrounded it have been quickly tarnished within the tough and tumble of debate." (Pg. 243)
"For 80 years after its e-book in 1611, the King James model continued sour assaults. It was once denounced as theologically unsound and ecclesiastical biased, as truckling to the king and unduly deferring to his trust in witchcraft, as unfaithful to the Hebrew textual content and depending an excessive amount of at the Septuagint. the private integrity of the translators was once impugned." (Pg. 361)

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In Zwingli's case the doctrine of election cut athwart the drama of redemption. If God from before the foundation of the world had determined that some should be saved and others damned, what real need was there for the drama of redemp­ tion? The doctrine of predestination thus tends from another angle to destroy Christianity as a religion of history, though we must recall that those who espoused it did not permit it to go to such lengths. 3i Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 From the Reformation to the Present Day One observes that the rationalism of Erasmus was in a sense irrationalism because it looked upon many areas of Christian theology as not amenable to rational understanding.

Later, Bude at Paris made France famous among humanists by his profound but difficult to use Commentarii Linguae Graecae of 1520. ) However, Erasmus—in his work on the correct pronunciation of Greek and Latin—had to protest against a general tendency to maintain an old tradition in gram­ matical nomenclature. The force of his argument was not to be clearly seen until after 1540. Robert Estienne, ever practical as well as scholarly, 6 42 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 Biblical Scholarship: Editions and Commentaries helped to meet this need for better nomenclature by publishing' Alpha­ bets ' of Greek which gave a clear analysis of the elementary rules of grammar.

Isaac as a matter of fact was not sacrificed. But similarities of pattern were discernible. God was operating with the constituents of a great intent anticipated prior to its perfect realization in Christ, just as in the succeeding centuries its essential themes have been continually repeated, for every Abel must have his Cain and every Christ his Caiaphas. This the eye of faith discerns. This the Spirit discloses. 1 x W , 4 2 , 1 8 9 . Cf. Walther von Loewenich, *Luthers T h e o l o g i a Crucis', Forschungen %ur Geschichte und Lehre des Protestantismus, I X ( 1 9 4 0 ) .

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