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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. 1848 Excerpt: ...text of the Gospels was merely a fancy in the mind of the critic. One thing must be kept in view which Bishop Marsh has overlooked--that verbal agreements throughout the Gospels are thicker and closer in the report of sayings than in the narrative of circumstances; and that the peculiar matter on which he argues consists mostly of these, while those predominate in the common. This observation premised, I assert that the influence of St. Luke on St. Mark's text is every whit as traceable in B. as it is in any part of C. When Bishop Marsh advanced the proposition that "among the sections peculiar to St. Mark and St. Luke, these two Evangelists agree verbally in no other place than a single passage of the first section," (Luke iv. 34, 35, Mark i. 24, 25), did he mean to deny that such passages as follow are proper examples of verbal agreement? Were it necessary, these instances might be extended (see ante p. 93), and others similar culled from the class of circumstantial additions peculiar to St. Mark and St. Luke. But really the entire objection rests on an error in fact, so glaring and palpable that it might have been passed without notice, had it not been for the celebrity, in the literature of this controversy, of the treatise in which it is found. And now the reader may pause, and rapidly test the argument of the three preceding Sections. It is the part of sound criticism, neither to stop short where there is occasion to advance, nor to advance any further than the occasion requires. Whether, of the five hypotheses successively stated in Section I., the fifth be not necessari/, as opposed to the first and second, and adequate, as opposed to the third and fourth, the reader must judge for himself. In the parallel passages scattered over Sections ...
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