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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: 2. / the epistle to the Hebrews appropriately called an epistle, or w it a homily or essay ? Berger, a late critic of some eminence and considerable acute- ness, has advanced and endeavoured to support the opinion, that this epistle (so called) was originally a homily or address to some assembly of Christians, which was afterwards reduced to writing by some of the preacher's friends or hearers. Others also have doubted, whether it is properly named nn epistle. But none have argued on this topic so much at length, or with so much effort, as Berger. On this account, it may be proper briefly to consider the principal arguments which he has advanced ; briefly, because the topic seems not to be of sufficient importance to justify one for occupying much time in the discussion of it. (1.) 'The writer himself of the epistle to the Hebrews,' says Berger, ' calls it lltyov mtgaidtiaetag, a hortatory address 13: 22, which accords well with the contents of the piece.' But Paul, one may reply, often uses the word naoaxcdto) in his epistles. May not, then, an epistle of his in which napaxa/U'w is used, be appropriately enough styled a Adyo? nagaxhyatios 1 May not any epistle, containing precept and exhortation, be so denominated ? An instance exactly in point, is the circular letter respecting the question about circumcision, sent by the apostolic council at Jerusalem to the churches in Antioch, Syria, and Ci- licia ; which is called a naQaxr,atg, Acts 15 : 31. The words of Luke are, " When they had read [the epistle,] they rejoiced iiu iy Tiapaxhjafi." (2.) ' The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews uses laklv instead of ypdqtti; which is rather characteristic of a hortatory address than of an epistle.'' But an appeal to the Greek Concordance shews that atTvn used every where ...
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