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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. 1865 Excerpt: ...generally, but by the Psalmists and pious Prophets--as injurious to the progress of true religion in the land, dishonouring to the true Lord, the 'Husband,' of Israel, and, therefore, in the highest sense of the word, 'anti-national.' With the people at large, however, no doubt, as Dr. Oobt says, the worship of the Baal, that is, of JHVH, was not 'anti-national,' until the time of Ahab, when a new form of idolatry was sought to be introduced--the worship of the 'Tyrian Baal.' of Tyre, Melkarth TTji?. 5, meleeh kereth, 'king of the city', the worship of which deity seems to have been greatly extended and developed at that period. 98. We are told, for instance, of Hiram, (menander in Joseph., AntNlII.3, and contr.Ap.1.18,) first, that he placed a golden pillar? Ashera or Phallus before the Temple of Jupiter Olympius--then, that he overthrew the old sanctuaries and consecrated enclosures (rd/ievoa) for Herakles and Astarte, and built new temples upon them, of which the roofs were made of cedar,--lastly, that he was the first to celebrate the Feast of the Eesurrection of Herakles nrpwros Ts Tov 'Hpaiedovs eyepaiv eiroitjaaTo). The worship of Herakles or Melkarth had much in common with Sun-worship96 (comp. J. 0. Mullee in Heez. Real-Enc. I.p.639-641): and to this belonged among other things the Festival in Spring when he awaked again, to which, perhaps, Elijah alluded in his mocking words on Carmel, lK.xviii.27--'Cry aloud, for he is God: either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.' 99. This worship was introduced into Israel under Ahab. This king married Jezebel, daughter of the Sidonian, or rather Tyrian,f king Eth-Baal, and built in Samaria a splendid temple for ' the Baal,' that is, for 't...
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John William Colenso was consecrated the first Bishop of Natal on 30th November 1853 and died at Bishopstowe in 1883. The publication of this Commentary on Romans in 1861 sparked a controversy over the legitimate lengths to which the Church could go in accommodating itself to African culture, with major consequences for church and society in South Africa. This remarkable book is now made available again in the hope that Colenso's courageous engagement with African culture may resonate with and inspire contemporary work on enculturation of the gospel.
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