Humphrey's Sacred HistorySacred History from the Creation to the Giving of the Law. Edward P. Humphrey

1888 The Old Testament Student  
his time and thus of our time. We need the human Jesus as well as the divine Christ. The Gospels give us both, and we must not lose sight of the man in the God. But the danger here is that this study will too highly exalt the human element in Jesus and minimize the divine. Dr. Stapfer has either unintentionally made that impression, or else has purposely sought to create it, in the last chapter of his volume. Perhaps it was unavoidable in the brief space at his command. He indeed promises us a
more » ... deed promises us a fuller treatment of Christ's life and teaching. The reader of this book must note this aspect of it and make the necessary allowance and correction. Evidently the author belongs to the liberal school of theologians and treats the Gospel narratives with a freedom which will not commend itself to many. All of Dr. Stapfer's statements of fact are not to be relied upon, especially in his references to the present condition of Palestine. It seems as though his information on these points has been obtained from untrustworthy sources. There is also some rhetorical exaggeration indulged in throughout the book, which, while lending interest to its perusal, is liable to leave a false impression upon the reader. Apart from these defects the work is one heartily to be commended. It has an index fairly complete and a table of references to biblical passages quoted, as well as an excellent bibliography. The type is large and clear; the outward appearance attractive, and the amount of information given within, marvelous.
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