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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: the divine original authority of these dnoxQvcpa. We cannot use the word canonical, then, in respect to the Old Testament books in the apostolic age, in the sense of including only the books publicly or privately permitted by the Jews to be read. And if we should resort to the Christian fathers for information, in regard to the extent of the Hebrew canon, we should find so much variety in the use of the word Canon, and such different usages in regard to the religious books to be publicly read, that we could receive no assistance from this quarter. It becomes a matter of necessity, then, that we should fix upon a sense of the word canon which is definite and intelligible ; and this being done, we must uniformly adhere to it. I mean, then, by the Canon of Jewish Scripture in the apostolic age, that class of books which the Jews as a people regarded and treated as sacred, i. e. of divine origin and authority. This agrees with the present general usage of the churches, as to the words in question, and therefore will occasion no embarrassment and no mistake in regard to phraseology. The word canon, I would remark at the close, seems not to have been in use, in its technical sense as applied to the Scriptures, until the time of Origen. No trace of it can be found in the second century. In his Prol. ad Cant. Cantic., sub fine, Origen employs it; also in Schol. ad Matt. 27: 9 ; in a sense like to that which I have given to it. 3. Commencement of the Canon. That books of this character existed among the Jews, from the time of Moses down to a period of some extent after the return from the Babylonish captivity, few have denied ; and none have been able to show the contrary. It is well known, however, among critics at least, that the Mosaic origin of the Pentateuch has, since t...
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