The Jesus of History eBook

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[20] Cf.  Chapter II

[21] A French mystic is quoted as saying, “Le Dieu defini est le Dieu fini.”

[22] Peabody, Jesus Christ and Christian Character, p. 97.

[23] H. R. Mackintosh, “The Doctrine of the Person of Jesus Christ”, p. 399.

[24] Clement, “Protrepticus”, 100, 3, 4

[25] The more or less contemporary Greek orator, Dio Chrysostom, refers to the old-fashioned ways of the Tarsiots, especially mentioning their insistence on women wearing veils.

[26] Wernle, “Beginnings of Christianity”, vol. i. p. 286, English translation.

[27] So too says Josephus, who gives this as the reason of Herod’s suspicion of him.

[28] “Antiquities of the Jews”, xviii. 5, 8, 117, cf. what Celsus says of righteousness as a condition of admission to certain mysteries that offer forgiveness of sins (Origen, c.  “Celsum”, iii. 59).  The “purification of the body” has a ritual and ceremonial significance.

[29] Lines Composed above Tintern, 34.

[30] That he did so is emphasized again and again, in striking language, by St. Paul—­e.g.  Rom. 5:15-16, 20; 1 Tim. 1:14.

[31] Horace, “Ars Poetica”, 191, “Nec deus intersit nisi dignus vindice nodus inciderit”.

[32] Daily reading of the Scriptures is recommended by Clement of Alexandria ("Strom”. vii. 49).

[33] Perhaps one may quote here, not inappropriately, the famous saying of Aristotle in his “Poetics”, that “poetry is a more philosophic thing than history, and of a higher seriousness.”  The latter term means that the poet is “more in earnest” about his work, and puts more energy of mind into it than the historian.  If the reader hesitates about this, let him try to write a great hymn or poem.

[34] Do not let us be misled by the thin pedantries of the Revised Version here, or in Romans 5:1 shortly to be cited.  In both places literary and spiritual sense has bowed to the accidents of MSS.

[35] If my readers do not know his Christmas hymn for children, they have missed one of the happiest hymns for Christmas.

[36] What Carlyle says in “The Hero as a Poet” ("Heroes and Hero Worship”) on the close relation of Song and Truth is worth remembering in this connexion.

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