Daniel in the Critic's Den 4: Philological Peculiarities "PHILOLOGICAL PECULIARITIES": THE LANGUAGE OF DANIEL
"THE philological peculiarities of the book" constitute the next ground of the critic's attack on Daniel. "The Hebrew" (he declares) "is pronounced by the majority of experts to be of a later character than the time assumed for it." The Aramaic also is marked by idioms of a later period, famil ...read
Daniel in the Critic's Den 5: The Positive Evidence In Favour Of Daniel THE critics claim a competency to judge whether this portion or that of the canon of Scripture be divinely inspired, and in the exercise of this faculty they have decided that certain passages of Daniel give proof that the book could not have a divine sanction. Their dicta on this subject will have weight with us just in proportion to our ignorance ...read
Daniel in the Critic's Den 6: Violent Errors "THE existence of violent errors as to matters with which a contemporary must have been familiar, at once refutes all pretence of historic authenticity in a book professing to have been written by an author in the days and country which he describes." "By no possibility could the book have been written in the days of the Babylonian exile." Thus it ...read
Daniel in the Critic's Den 7: Professor Driver's "Book Of Daniel" PROFESSOR DRIVER'S "BOOK OF DANIEL THE EVIDENCE OF THE CANON"
To have answered Dean Farrar's Book of Daniel may appear to some but a cheap and barren victory. For they will urge that if the attack on Daniel were entrusted to abler hands, the issue would be different. But the suggestion is untenable. While the passing years are bringing to light ...read
Daniel in the Critic's Den 8: The Vision Of The "Seventy Weeks" THE VISION OF THE "SEVENTY WEEKS" THE PROPHETIC YEAR
As the solution of the problem of the Seventy Weeks is my personal contribution to the Daniel controversy, I may be pardoned for dealing with the subject here in greater detail, albeit this involves some repetition. It is all the more necessary, moreover, because in his recent work Professor D ...read
Daniel in the Critic's Den 9: The Fulfilment Of The Vision Of The "Weeks" IN view of the proofs adduced in the preceding chapter, it may now be accepted as a demonstrated fact that the unit of the prophetic era of the seventy weeks is the luni-solar year of the ancient world. Our next inquiry must be directed to ascertaining the epoch of that era.
The language of the vision is simple and clear: "From the going forth o ...read
Daniel in the Critic's Den 10: Summary And Conclusion IT will be obvious to the intelligent and thoughtful that unless the conclusions recorded in the preceding chapter can in some way be disproved or got rid of, there is an end of the Daniel controversy. The reader, therefore, will be interested to know what reply Professor Driver has to give to them.
After noticing the solution of the Seventy Wee ...read
Daniel in the Critic's Den Appendice 1: Nebuchadnezzar's First Invasion Of Judea THE opening statement of the Book of Daniel is here selected for special notice for two reasons. First, because the attack upon it would be serious, if sustained. And secondly and chiefly, because it is a typical specimen of the methods of the critics; and the inquiry may convince the reader of their unfitness to deal with any question of evidence. ...read
Daniel in the Critic's Den Appendice 2: The Death Of Belshazzar THE following is Professor Sayce's rendering of the concluding (decipherable) portion of the Annalistic tablet of Cyrus "On the fourteenth day of the month Sippara was taken without fighting; Nabonidos fled. On the sixteenth day Gobryas (Ugbaru), the Governor of the country of Kurdistan (Gutium), and the soldiers of Cyrus, entered Babylon without f ...read
Daniel in the Critic's Den Appendice 3: The Punctuation Of Daniel IX THE Massoretic punctuation of Daniel ix. 25 has been adopted by Dean Farrar and Professor Driver, who fail to see that it is fatal to their pseud-epigraph theory of Daniel. The passage when thus read limits to 62 "weeks" the period during which Jerusalem was to remain as an inhabited city; and it is quite certain that no Jew writing "in the days of ...read
Daniel in the Critic's Den Appendice 4: The Jewish Calendar ACCORDING to the Mishna (treatise Rosh Hathanak), "On the 1st of Nisan is a new year for the computation of the reign of kings and for festivals." To which the Jewish editors of the English translation of the Mishna add this note: "The reign of Jewish kings, whatever the period of accession might be, was always reckoned from the preceding Nisan; so ...read
Daniel in the Critic's Den Appendice 5: The Twentieth Year Of Artaxerxes THE month Nisan in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes is the epoch of the prophetic era of the seventy weeks. In dealing with this subject, therefore, it is of vital importance to fix that date, and I have dealt with the matter exhaustively in an Excursus (App. II., Note A) added to The Coming Prince, to which I beg leave to refer the reader. I will ...read
Daniel in the Critic's Den Appendice 6: The Date Of The Crucifixion AS regards the date of the Ministry and of the Passion, Luke iii. 1 is an end of controversy with all who reject the nightmare system of interpreting Scripture. The 15th year of the Emperor Tiberius is as certain a date as the 15th year of Queen Victoria. He began to reign on the 19th August A.D. 14. "And no single case has ever been, or can be, pr ...read
Forgotten Truths Preface PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
THE early demand for a new edition of "Forgotten Truths" gives proof that truths which have been let slip by so many are still cherished by not a few.
The only adverse criticism the book has evoked is that which was anticipated in the closing pages of Chap. 12.
In the early years of my Christian life I was gre ...read
Forgotten Truths 1: Some Questions Raised THE lapse of time has not effaced from my memory the details of a conversation of many years ago with a liberal-minded and cultured Jewish Rabbi. He introduced himself by telling me that he was a student of the New Testament, and that my friend, the then Chief Rabbi, had recommended one of my expository books to his attention. "We regard Jesus as o ...read
Forgotten Truths 2: The Eternal Word of God "O THE depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!"
(Romans 11:33) Such was the burst of praise that rose from the heart of the inspired Apostle as he realized that the seeming failure of all that Hebrew prophets had foretold of blessing upon earth at the coming ...read
Forgotten Truths 3: Blessing for Gentiles IN Lord Beaconsfield's Life of Lord George Bentinck there is a pathetically interesting chapter about the treatment meted out to the Jews by Christendom. He attributes their persistent rejection of Christianity to the fact that it was by a campaign of persecution and outrage that "the Christian religion" sought to force itself upon their acceptance ...read
Forgotten Truths 4: Grace Enthroned IT is extraordinary that any student of Scripture can miss the clearly marked difference between the gospel of the opening clause of the Epistle to the Romans, and the gospel specified in the characteristically "Pauline" postscript at its close.
"Sojourners from Rome, both Jews and proselytes," were among the multitudes who heard the Divine amne ...read
Forgotten Truths 5: The Mystery of Christ THE Bible has suffered more from Christian exponents than from infidel assailants. The prophets of Israel, "moved by the Holy Spirit," spoke with united voice of a time when righteousness and peace would triumph and rule upon the earth; but "old-fashioned orthodoxy" interpreted their glowing periods much as an American crowd interprets the rhodomon ...read