Testimonies: Volume 2

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In this two-volume work, J. Rendel Harris (1852?1941) fundamentally shaped Biblical scholarship in the twentieth century, arguing for the existence of a 'first known treatise on Christian theology', antedating the New Testament. A palaeographer, Harris examined recurring textual corruptions of Old Testament passages in early Christian writers and surmised an underlying collection, which he called the 'Testimony Book'. The book, Harris believed, collected Biblical testimonia ? passages prophesying Christ ? in ...

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Overview

In this two-volume work, J. Rendel Harris (1852–1941) fundamentally shaped Biblical scholarship in the twentieth century, arguing for the existence of a 'first known treatise on Christian theology', antedating the New Testament. A palaeographer, Harris examined recurring textual corruptions of Old Testament passages in early Christian writers and surmised an underlying collection, which he called the 'Testimony Book'. The book, Harris believed, collected Biblical testimonia – passages prophesying Christ – in order to prove the legitimacy of the new Christian faith. These arguments against Judaic theology marked, in Harris's opinion, the beginnings of the Christian written tradition. Volume 2 (1920) seeks to demonstrate how the New Testament relied upon the 'Testimony Book', by examining Galatians, Hebrews and other letters and gospels. 'The starting point of the modern study of the use of the Old Testament in the New', this is a work of enduring importance to religion scholars.

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Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Testimonies in the Epistle to the Romans; 3. Testimonies in the Epistle to the Galations; 4. Testimonies in the Epistle to the Ephesians; 5. Testimonies in the Epistle to the Hebrews; 6. Jesus and the Exodus; 7. Testimonies in the Synoptic Gospels; 8. Testimonies in the Gospel of John; 9. Testimonies in the Acts of the Apostles; 10. Apocryphal Testimonies; 11. Papias and the Testimonies; 12. Did Jesus use Testimonies?; 13. Sacrifices, circumcision and the Sabbagh; Appendix I: 1. The authorship of the Athos MS.; 2. The Selden MS. and its contents; 3. The Selden MS. continued; Appendix II. Patristic evidence for Testimonies in Romans; Index.

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