The Ministry in the Church in Relation to Prophecy and Spiritual Gifts; (Charismata)

9780217598675: The Ministry in the Church in Relation to Prophecy and Spiritual Gifts; (Charismata)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916. Excerpt: ... LECTURE II THE DIDACHB: ITS AUTHORITY For the consideration of Ministry in relation to Charismata much, as has been said, will depend upon the value assigned to the tract known as the Didache, or " Teaching of the Twelve Apostles." A large literature has gathered round the subject and a remarkable research has been brought to its illustration: one may believe that pending the discovery of new sources, which is always possible and in these days hardly improbable, the available material for discussion has been brought within reach. I pretend only to offer the impression made upon my own mind by its consideration. If these impressions are in the direction of a doubt whether the document adds much to our knowledge of primitive conditions, or need be allowed to sway our judgment far from the conclusions which apart from it we might have reached, I am encouraged by the farther impression that the trend of more recent criticism is towards such doubt. The Didache is known to us only from a single manuscript, and that of the eleventh century. We are entirely ignorant of the history of the earlier manuscript from which the copyist Leo, "notary and Sinner," worked. The contents of the document seem to be highly complex. Even such a critic as Professor Bartlet, who ascribes to it "real organic unity"1 and claims that we should assent to Harnack, when he bids us " acquiesce in the assumption of the integrity of the writing," himself subjects it to a searching analysis, and probably means that in its final shape as it has reached us there is nothing inconsistent with the probability that a single mind has revised it and has aimed to guard against obvious discrepancy. It is more difficult to agree with Harnack in discovering "unity of style and language as well as of fe...

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