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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1845. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... events. But, it is not thus in the
history of the Old Testament; we have not absolutely than these
documents, that we cannot accept as purely historic; nor do we find
in these documents any criterion by which to distinguish the true
from the false, both being confusedly jumbled together, and
enjoying the same honor. According to De Wette, an objection which
ruins all natural explication is, that the only true source of a
history is in the relation we possess, and that it is not possible
to go beyond that. Now, in the'actual case, the relation informs us
of a supernatural course of things --a course either to be believed
or denied. If we deny it, let us acknowledge that we know nothing
of that course itself; but let us be cautious, and guard ourselves
against imagining a natural process, of which the relation itself
breathes not one word. It is, then, an arbitrary inconsistency,
that of attributing to the poetry only an envelope of the events
related in the Old Testament, and still wish to conserve the facts
as historic --for the ensemble no less than the details fall within
the domain of poesy and of mythos. Take, for example, the alliance
of God with Abraham, where the authors of the natural explication
abandon the fact under that form, but they pretend to conserve an
historic foundation for that recital. There was not (say they) a
real communication of God with Abraham, but there were excited in
the mind of that patriarch, whether during a vision, or during his
natural labors, thoughts, which conformably to the genius of the
ancient world, he referred to God. To the interpreters who proceed
thus, De Wette addresses the question. How know you that Abraham
ever had these thoughts 1 The history, he observes, makes them come
from God; from the moment we...
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