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made His petition for justice. They would not answer Him, or investigate His claim. On the mere statement of it they condemned Him for blasphemy, because he that is man cannot also be very God. The Law does not say so. Indeed by many a line
of the Old Testament the fact that it can and must be so is clearly indicated: nowhere more plainly than in Psalm cx. He whom David called Master is also David's Son, and shall "sit at God's right hand until His enemies be made His footstool." The reference to Luke xx. 41-44 from Luke xxii. 68 is manifest. Yet justice was denied Him.
I do not know any acknowledgment of the Law which impresses me more profoundly than this of our dying Lord. And it is found to be inseparably bound up with the claims of Moses and the prophets. Who laid down this principle, to which our Lord made His final appeal? It was Moses. When? When he delivered the Law which he had written to the priests and elders of Israel, to be kept with the
ark of the Covenant as the written Word of God. (Yet Driver would have us believe that this became Scripture in the days of Ezra, when the ark had vanished from human sight.) In what connection was this precept delivered? In connection with the law for testing prophets who should claim authority to have the word of God in their mouth as Moses had, and to speak it with the same authority, and (obviously) to leave their words in writing with the people, as Moses did.
I make my appeal, as He did. I ask, Whence is this Scripture, on which our LORD SO relied? Is it from Heaven, or of Men? Answer me. And if it is from Heaven, why is not the record that it gives of itself to be believed? Why are we to be for ever confused between the questions, Who wrote it? and Is it true? How can it be true if the whole account it gives of its own origin is false?
The basis of the authority of Holy Scripture as given in Deuteronomy is denied by Professor Driver, who refuses the testimony of Holy Scripture to its own authorship.
THE difference between the two positions may be seen by placing them side by side.
with the Oracles of God, and
Church becomes the basis of the
This is the Biblical and Christian basis of the Authority of Holy Scripture.
This basis is already stigmatised by Moslems as inferior to that of the Koran.
A very short summary of what Professor Driver says in the Introduction to his "Introduction to the Literature of the Old Testament" will show that I have not misrepresented him here. The title of the introductory chapter referred to is, "The Origin of the Books of the Old Testament, and the Growth of the Canon according to the Jews."
He says, in paragraph 1, p. 1, "On the authorship of the books of the Old Testament, as on the completion of the Canon of the Old Testament, the Jews possess no tradition worthy of real credence or regard, but only vague and uncertain reminiscences, intermingled often with idle