Excerpt from When, How, and by Whom Was the Bible Written
There is no pretense to originality in the book, and no one chapter is treated exhaustively; indeed, it is freely admitted, the discussion is necessarily fragmentary and incomplete. The author, in the midst of a pastorate, with many exacting claims, has merely availed himself, through research and study of evidence, ancient and modern, in support of the historic character and inspiration of the original text of the Bible, and presented it in his own style. He has culled from many fields, and expresses himself as under special obligation to the historic and scientific works of Prof. Sayce, Sir Wm. Dawson, and others who have made the Christian world their debtor by their invaluable contributions (almost demonstrations) in support of Biblical truth.
While this volume will probably satisfy neither the higher nor the lower school of Biblical criticism, his investigation has led the writer towards the "golden mean" which is generally nearest the truth. He has aimed at allowing the facts of history and science to speak for themselves. He has not written merely for the learned professor, for the critical preacher, nor for the self-satisfied sceptic, but for the large mass of churchgoers and non-churchgoers who honestly desire more light on the obscure question, "Whence came our Old and New Testaments?" In doing so he has kept as free as possible from the use of the technical terms used generally in philosophical and theological discussions. He desires to express his thanks to his friends Ira D. Jennings, B.A. and Rev. W. D. Thomas, Ph. D., D. D. for their highly valued assistance in reading the manuscript and for their many helpful suggestions.
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