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Biblical study: its priciples, methods and history, together with a catalogue of books of reference,

Author: Charles A Briggs
Publisher: New York, Scribner, 1883.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles A Briggs
OCLC Number: 339576
Description: xv, 506 pages 22 cm
Contents: Chapter I. The advantages of Biblical study; Biblical study the most important --
The most extensive --
The most attractive --
The most profound --
Chapter II. Exegetical theology; exegetical theology the most general term for Biblical study --
1. Biblical literature --
Biblical canonics --
Textual criticism --
The higher criticism --
Biblical exegesis --
Biblical theology --
Chapter III. The languages of the Bible --
I. The Hebrew language --
II. The Aramaic language --
III. The Greek language --
Chapter IV. The Bible and criticism; the necessity of criticism to determine the true canon, text, and character of the various writings of the Bible --
I. What is criticism? --
II. Principles of criticism --
derived from general criticism --
From historical criticism --
From criticism of the text --
From higher criticism --
Questions to be determined by higher criticism --
Principles of higher criticism --
III. Criticism of the Bible --
Confronted by traditional views --
Based on the principles of the Reformation Chapter V. The canon of Scripture; no official determination of the canon in the ancient Church --
I. The canon of the Reformers --
The Reformation principle of determining the Canon --
its abandonment by the scholastics --
II. The Puritan Canon --
The Puritan principle discriminated from the Anglican --
The Puritan mystic --
Abandonment of the Puritan principle --
III. Criticism of the Canon --
The LXX and the Canon of the OT --
The men of the great synagogue --
Evidence from Philo and Josephus --
The NT determination of the OT canon --
The NT canon in the early church --
The Protestant canon --
The principles for determining the Canon --
Chapter VI. The text of the Bible --
I. Textual criticism in the sixteenth century; of the Reformers; of the Scholastics --
II. Textual criticism in the seventeenth century --
Cappellus and Buxtorf --
Walton and Owen --
III. Textual criticism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries --
New Testament criticism --
Old Testament criticism --
IV. The test of the Old Testament --
The vowel points and accents and letters --
The versions --
V. Textual criticism and inspiration --
Verbal inspiration rejected and external word instrumental --
The internal word inspired --
Chapter VII. The higher criticism --
I. The higher criticism in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries --
The freedom of the Reformers and Puritans --
The new questions opened in the eighteenth century --
II. Criticism of the traditional theories --
The true method and its defence --
III. The rabbinical theories --
IV. Hellenistic and Christian theories --
V. The New Testament view of the Old Testament literature --
VI. The rise of the higher criticism --
Spinoza and Simon --
Astruc, Lowth, and Herder --
Eichhorn --
VII. The higher criticism in the nineteenth century --
Chapter VIII. Literary study of the Bible --
I. The integrity of the Scriptures --
II. The authenticity of the Scriptures --
1. Anonymes --
2. Pseudonymes --
3. Compilations --
III. Literary forms of the Scriptures --
1. History --
2. The oration --
3. The epistle --
4. Fiction --
IV. Credibility of the Scriptures --
Inerrancy not a Protestant doctrine --
Higher criticism strengthens the credibility of Scripture --
Chapter IX. Hebrew poetry --
The Hebrews a remarkably poetic people --
1. Characteristics of Hebrew poetry --
II. Forms of Hebrew poetry --
III. Parallelism of members --
IV. The strophe --
V. Measurement by words or accents --
VI. Poetic language --
VII. Kinds of Hebrew poetry --
1. Lyric --
2. Gnomic --
3. Composite Chapter X. The interpretation of Scripture --
The Word of God at first oral --
The interpretation of writings --
I. Rabbinical interpretation --
Rules of the Halacha and Haggada --
The Sodh --
The Peshat --
II. Hellenistic interpretation --
Rules of allegory --
III. Interpretation of Scripture in the New Testament --
Jesus' use of the rabbinical and Hellenistic methods --
The distinguishing features of Jesus' method --
The apostolic use of Haggada, Halacha, and allegory --
The distinguishing features of apostolic interpretation --
IV. Interpretation of the fathers and schoolmen --
The churchly tendency --
The allegorical tendency --
The Antiochan school --
The traditional interpretation of the middle age --
V. The interpretation of the Reformers and their successors --
The humanists --
The Reformation principle of interpreting Scripture by Scripture --
The scholastic rule of faith --
VI. The interpretation of the Puritans and Arminians --
The Puritan principle of the Holy Spirit in Scripture --
Puritan practical interpretation --
Puritan doctrine of the covenants --
The Federalists and Pietists --
The Arminian historical interpretation --
VII. Biblical interpretation of modern times --
The grammatico-historical method of Ernesti, Semler, and Keil --
The older Tubingen school --
The organic method of the school of Schleiermacher --
The interpretation of the history of redemption --
VIII. Method of Biblical interpretation --
1. Grammatical --
2. Logical and rhetorical --
3. Historical --
4. Comparative --
5. Use of the literature of interpretation --
6. Doctrinal interpretation --
7. Practical --
Chapter XI. Biblical theology --
I. The four types of theology --
The mystic --
Scholastic --
Speculative --
Evangelical --
Their historic struggles --
II. The rise of biblical theology --
Zachariah and Ammon --
Gabler --
DeWette and Von Coln --
III. Development of biblical theology --
The Tubingen school and the school of Neander --
Reuss, Kuenen, and Wellhausen --
The present problems --
IV. Position and importance of biblical theology --
1. The idea of biblical theology --
2. Place of biblical theology --
3. Method --
4. System and divisions --
Unity and variety of the Bible --
Chapter XII. The Scriptures as a means of grace --
The principles of the Reformation --
I. The gospel in the Scriptures --
II. The grace of God in the Scriptures --
1. They contain the power of God unto salvation --
2. The grace of redemption from sin to holiness --
a. The grace of regeneration --
b. The grace of sanctification --
III. The efficacy of the Scriptures --
IV. The appropriation of the grace of the Scriptures --
1. By prayerful attention --
2. By appropriating faith --
3. By practicing faith.
Responsibility: by Charles Augustus Briggs.

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