By Andrew W.R. Hunwick
In Critical heritage of the textual content of the recent Testament, seventeenth century Oratorian Richard Simon (1638-1712), 'father' of contemporary biblical feedback, surveys the genuineness, accuracy, authority, and reliability of all then identified assets of the hot testomony. He makes rigorous, goal, and specialist use of a brilliant volume of fabric on the subject of the text--Greek and Latin manuscripts, early types, quotations from the outdated testomony within the New, from the Church Fathers and different commentators of all classes. although in his day Simon was once contradicted, adversarial, persecuted, and silenced, it truly is accurately simply because, 3 centuries in the past, he dared to be varied, and due to his wisdom and his scrupulously "scientific" method, that his paintings merits to arrive a much broader viewers.
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R. Simon] qui y a ajouté quelques notes (Amsterdam: Lormes, 1708), 4:303–554 (letters xxxv to lii). 34 Instruction sur la version du Nouveau-Testament imprimée à Trévoux en l’année m. dcc. ii (1702); Seconde Instruction sur les passages particuliers de la version du Nouveau-Testament, imprimée à Trévoux (1703). For both Instructions and all related documents, see Œuvres complètes de Bossuet ed. F. Lachat (Paris: Vivès, 1862–1875), 3 (1863): 372–580. See also Lettres choisies 3:291–295 (Supplement Letter iv).
Bk. 33 ch. 3 (PL 42:512–513). , bk. 33 ch. 6 (PL 42:514). , bk. 23 ch. 79 (PL 22:452). , bk. 32 ch. 2 (PL 22:498). , bk. 33 ch. 6 (PL 42:514). 8 chapter one I have devoted a certain amount of space to the words of St Augustine and other Fathers before him, because they provide solid support for the veracity of the books of the New Testament without relying on one or other kind of sophistry that has evolved in recent times. ” For each individual in early Christian times to reason that he should not accept the divinity of any books except those which his own mind led him so to accept would have been laughable.
About half of Bossuet’s Defence—part 2, comprising books 5 to 11—is devoted to an extended polemic, intended to refute Simon’s statements regarding original sin and grace, with particular reference to Augustine, Bossuet’s own special mentor, who is always right, even when he changes his ground. We read that in reality, Simon reveals himself, purportedly like Hugo Grotius (1583–1645), as a Semi-Pelagian45 since he undermines the Augustinian doctrine of original sin, predestination, salvation being granted to 44 On R.
Critical History of the Text of the New Testament: Wherein Is Established the Truth of the Acts on Which the Christian Religion Is Based by Andrew W.R. Hunwick